The dockworkers organized in the International Dockworkers' Council (IDC) have postponed the strikes otherwise scheduled to take place in ports across the world on Friday, March 10, to instead March 23. But IDC has withdrawn from the so-called social dialog headed by the EU.
The International Dockworkers' Council is planning coordinated strikes in Europe and the rest of the world on Friday to signal solidarity with the Spanish port workers, which are currently in a conflict with the government concerning a new bill.
Maersk Line will reroute vessels in order to minimize the nuisances for customers when the Spanish port workers launch their announced strike in coming weeks in protest against the government's plans to liberalize the ports.
In defense of Apostolos Mangouras, captain of tanker vessel Prestige, who was recently sentenced to two years of prison for negligence, Intertanko writes that the captain is the scapegoat in a political game that completely acquits the Spanish government in the historic oil disaster.