Portugal - 40 days of strike at Port Sétubal ends with agreement - December 31, 2018

After 40 days of strike by the stevedores their union SEAL and the port administration finally reached an agreement that put an end to the strike. One of the main problems of the workers was the lack of job security and formal contracts, workers were usually just hired for one day’s work. Union and management have agreed to 56 casual workers being offered contracts by the stevedoring companies, and a further 10 to 37 being offered the same in the near future. The strike has blocked a total of over 20.000 cars from a nearby Volkswagen plant. Volkswagen had no alternative route for transporting the cars and is believed to have put pressure on the port management to come to an agreement that would end the strike.

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