Spain - Dockers strike called off - March 31, 2017

The dockers’ unions have called off a planned strike action after the opposition parties in the Parliament voted against a government decree, meant to liberalise the hiring of port labour. The decree, which would have allowed companies to freely hire workers to load and unload cargo. Current port labour practises, which involve employing workers provided by a pool company, contravene EU regulations, resulting in the government racking up €23m in fines since 2014. The European Commission, which suspended the fines as the government showed progress on the reforms, has suggested they may be imposed again.


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