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Spanish stevedores reach an agreement with the employers

Note: Translated from a Reuters Madrid article. Read the original in Spanish at this link.

Spanish dockers and port managers on Thursday reached an agreement whereby companies pledged to guarantee full employment in the sector after the liberalization process, and workers withdrew calls for strikes, according to the two parties in a joint statement.

“The […]

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Spanish Dockers Make Gains in Labor Negotiations

From Maritime Executive:

On Thursday, stevedores’ unions in Spain called off the strikes that they had scheduled for Friday and Monday in order to resume talks with the Spanish port employers association, Anesco. The dockers want firm guarantees against layoffs in exchange for a ten percent pay cut, but after weeks of labor actions, Anesco […]

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Owners and unions at loggerheads in Spain

From Port Strategy:

The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.

A new proposal will be sent to the trade unions today.

Despite its rejection of the trade […]

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ITF unions stand in solidarity with Spanish dockers

ITF news release:

June 5, 2017: ITF dockers have unanimously offered their solidarity and practical support to dockers in Spain who are on strike.

ITF and ETF affiliates have unanimously passed an emergency motion during their section conference in Cape Town.

Comisiones Obreras and UGT members walked out at 8am this morning (Monday […]

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ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has hailed an amazing victory by Spanish dockers to defeat a controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.

ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section Paddy Crumlin said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in Spain and I congratulate them for making […]

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Maersk to get EU decision on Hamburg Süd deal by March 27

From World Maritime News:

Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is scheduled to receive the EU antitrust regulator’s decision on the company’s plan to purchase the Germany-based Hamburg Süd by March 27, according to Reuters.

The deal, reached at the beginning of December 2016 amid a consolidation period in the industry, was filed to the European […]

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ITF considera ‘descabellado’ el plan de reforma portuaria española

Los trabajadores portuarios españoles están construyendo el apoyo de los hermanos y hermanas sindicales de todo el mundo, incluyendo este grupo de hermanos en Koper, Eslovenia.

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) califica el plan del gobierno español para destripar la normativa portuaria de “descabellado” y un peligro para la posición […]

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ITF: Spanish port plans ‘beyond belief’

Spanish dockers are building support from longshore workers around the world, including this group of brothers in Koper, Slovenia.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described plans by the Spanish government to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports as beyond belief and a danger to Spain’s standing in the world.

ITF president […]

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United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow […]

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NOL being sold at a discount, Alphaliner says

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

Alphaliner believes the failure of NOL’s shareholders to obtain a premium over its book value will have significant implications for the industry, especially for other potential sellers seeking to make an exit from the container shipping market.

“The discount to NOL’s book value reflects the impairment of the […]

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European shippers launch global review of mega-alliances

European shippers are stepping up their scrutiny of shipping alliances, launching their own review of the massive vessel-sharing agreements.

Sixteen of the world’s 20 largest container carriers are members of the four so-called “mega-alliances”: 2M, Ocean Three, G6 and CKYHE. And although the alliances received the go-ahead from global regulators, the European Shippers’ Council maintains […]

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Union kicks back at Rotterdam

So the dispute does not escalate, Mr Crumlin is urging ‘all parties, and that includes not just all operators and port authorities, but also the shipping lines, to get together to defuse this situation and reach an agreed settlement.’

Things are off to a rocky start at the Port of Rotterdam’s new Rotterdam Gateway […]

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ITF repeats call for Rotterdam dialogue as dockers protest

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today called for all-party talks on the future of the port of Rotterdam, as dockers refused to unload a ship loaded at the new Rotterdam Gateway (RWG) terminal. RWG, unlike other companies at the port, refuses to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with port workers, who are represented by […]

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ICTSI Polish receives 2 new quay cranes

Baltic Container Terminal (BCT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) container terminal in the Port of Gdynia, Poland, recently received two new quay cranes (QC), further boosting BCT’s status as a key port in Eastern Europe and in the Baltic region.

The QCs are part of a PLN 200 million (USD 58 million) investment program, […]

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Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV merger wins conditional EU approval

Hapag-Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) secured conditional European Union approval on Thursday for their tie-up to create the world’s fourth-largest container shipping company.

The merger is important for the shipping industry which hopes more deals could help it to overcome the worst slump on record. And if regulators take a soft line […]

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