Negotiations between Spanish dockworkers and the ports have not resulted in agreement. The unions have heralded more strikes in June and ports as well as carriers are hard hit. A spokesperson tells ShippingWatch that the EU cannot resolve this labor conflict.
After the Spanish government successfully adopted a decree to open competition in the country's ports, a large-scale conflict now looms and could erupt on Wednesday. Meetings on Monday and Tuesday will decide what happens.
Spain's government seems to have a majority backing for a new legislative proposal which would privatize Spanish ports after 15 years of deadlock. Unions have already retaliated and call for widespread strikes in May and June. "They cheated us," state the dockworkers.
The Spanish port workers have decided to call off an announced strike today, Friday, as well as the three remaining strike days in the comprehensive protest against the government, after the Spanish congress has votes against a proposal concerning labor reforms, report several media.