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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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Strikes cripple Spanish ports

From Politico:

Spain’s more than 6,000 stevedores went on strike Monday, paralyzing the country’s 39 cargo ports, after workers and company bosses failed to agree on job protections following an EU-mandated liberalization of port services.

Nearly all the highly-unionized dockworkers took part in the walkouts, according to the government and the workers.

Prime Minister Mariano […]

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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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Worker dies after being buried in gypsum at Port of Almería, Spain

Our sincere condolences to the 29-year-old worker’s family, friends and co-workers.

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A 29-year-old worker died Monday at the Port of Almería, Spain, after being buried in a mountain of gypsum 15 to 20 meters high when a detachment occurred while he was taking samples. A […]

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Muere un trabajador en el puerto de Almería, España, sepultado en yeso

Que descanse en paz nuestro hermano. Nuestras condolencias a su familia, sus compañeros de trabajo, y sus amigos.

Our condolences to the loved ones of the worker who was killed after being buried in gypsum at the Port of Almería, Spain, on Monday.

Click here to read in English

Un trabajador de 29 años […]

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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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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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Spanish dockworkers under threat by union-busting proposal

Translated from ‘Fomento liberalizará la contratación de estibadores en los puertos españoles’ in El Pais:

The Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, prepares a decree law for the liberalization of the stevedoring in Spanish ports.

The reason for the modification of the stowage regulation is that there is an obligation to register with […]

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Hanjin announces operations in Europe will be axed – but staff are the last to know

From the Loadstar:

Hanjin Shipping said (that) its four main European centres will close this week or early November according to the regulatory filing.

In total, Hanjin operates from some 10 offices in Europe and employs 250-300 people in sales and operational roles – probably many more indirectly, in sub-agencies and service roles.

Hans-Peter Becker, […]

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Guatemala former President alledgedly accepted bribes from port terminal operator

From BBC:

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.

The firm, TCB, won a […]

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Turkey’s Yilport Holding acquires Portuguese firm Tertir’s ten port terminals

Turkey-based Yilport Holding has entered into an agreement with Portugal’s Mota-Engil Group and Novo Banco to acquire Tertir, a port management company, in the biggest investment ever by a Turkish company in Portugal.

Under the deal, Yilport Holding will take over the company’s portfolio of port terminals in Portugal, Spain and Peru. Additionally, it will […]

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Maersk buys Grup Maritim TCB to expand APMT port network in Latin America

Grup Maritim TCB terminal in Barcelona

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s terminal unit said Tuesday it agreed to buy a Spanish rival to expand its port network by almost 20 percent.

APM Terminals will pay an undisclosed sum for Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB, thereby adding 11 container terminals to its existing network of 63, the company […]

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