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Spanish Port Strikes Set for March

Container-Management-Magazine

Port workers are set to strike for nine days in March after Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law to liberalise the hiring of port labour.

The planned overhaul would allow companies to hire their own personnel instead of unionised staff, with proponents claiming the current dynamics allow union workers to earn up to 50% more than they would in a free market.

Inigo de la Serna, the industry minister, said: “This is the only economic sector where there isn’t free hiring in our country.”

Spanish port workers had previously planned a three-day strike in February before the government confirmed it would put its port labour reforms on hold and instead open talks with unions.

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