Bilbao, Spain (PortSEurope) November 8, 2020 – At a meeting of the State Sectoral Joint Commission, the Coordinadora and UGT labour unions have proposed the start of a mediation process that would be supervised by the Commission itself. Previous mediation attempts have been unsuccessful. The stevedores strike at Bilbao port is set to continue as trade unions have called for the action to be extended until
December 9. The strike action started on October 9, later to be extended until October 25, then to November 9, and now December 9. Over 300 workers have been called upon to join the strike. The strike is set to continue this week and Ministry of Transport (Mitmo) is considering intervention to a strike which is drastically affecting the port’s traffic volumes and businesses Bilbao and its hinterland. In the absence of an agreement, cargo is seeking alternative routes and freight trains to / from other ports which are setting occupancy records. All the port enclaves of the Cantabrian Sea, the Mediterranean and Atlantic benefit from the strikes in Bilbao. Bilboestiba, which represents Bergé , CSP, SLP and Toro y Betolaza, issued a statement in which it appealed to institutions to impose the law and saying that companies are not responsible for the situation or the consequences. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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