Spain - Port workers’ unions postpone strike - May 31, 2017

Dockers' unions have agreed to cancel the first five days of a planned walkout over a government reform package that deregulates the nation's ports sector. The strike was scheduled to begin on 24 May 2017, but the unions have reached a framework agreement with port employers association Anesco. They are hopeful that further talks will resolve the impasse without the need for full-day strikes. As part of the negotiations, the unions have agreed to accept wage cuts of up to 10 percent for almost all workers. They are willing to accept a national collective agreement and a reduction of wages, provided it guarantees 100 percent of employment. In return, Anesco agreed to continue representing the port sector in collective bargaining, a matter of some contention among its members. If it had decided to stop, the unions would have had to negotiate on a port-by-port, employer-by-employer basis. Collective bargaining negotiations will resume on June 1, and Anesco predicted a ‘complex process’ to forge an agreement that satisfies its membership.

English: http://maritime-executive.com/article/spanish-longshore-unions-postpone-strike

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