Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) May 31, 2019 – The president of Puertos del Estado, Salvador De la Encina, has met with union representatives to sign the III Collective Agreement. After a decade without updating, De la Encina said that the collective agreement marked a milestone in labour relations. The new agreement will make the port system strionger and increase efficiency in the face of the challenges of
a globalized market. The new Collective Agreement, which affects more than 4,000 workers, places special emphasis on professional promotion and training, includes the return of social commitments of the previous agreement (eg, permits, retirement with relief, equality plan) and includes in its salary scope a substantive improvement, which largely mitigates the loss of purchasing power suffered in recent years by the port collective. De la Encina recalled that much of the negotiating process had already been carried out by the former president of Puertos del Estado, Ornella Chacón, and that she had the express support of Minister Ábalos, the ministers Montero and Valerio. José Miguel Lubián, responsible for ports and maritime stowage of UGT (Unión General de Trabajadores), highlighted the III Collective Agreement that, finally, after 10 years of deterioration in labour relations, will be published in the BOE (official journal), which will grant legal security to the port system. He said, “It is an agreement that, under the premise of recovering the purchasing power, bets on the training and professional career of the workers of the ports. A breakthrough resulting from a constructive dialogue that gives us optimism to continue working to adapt the workforce and the Operating Regulations, among other issues, to the real needs of a sector that contributes decisively to social welfare and the Spanish economy”. On the other hand, Antonio Escobar, Secretary of Organization of the Sea Sector of CCOO (Comisiones Obreras), has stated that the validity of the agreement will allow the recovery of economic, social and labour rights, as well as the recovery and improvement of its purchasing power. The aforementioned agreement also makes a commitment to the future, in relation to the maintenance of public services that it had been providing and also the implementation of new services in accordance with the new needs of the ports, which will have as a fundamental axis the formation and the involvement of the collective as better elements to defend the Public Service of quality. Puertos del Estado is a state-owned company responsible for the management of state-owned ports. The company executes the port policy of the government and coordinates and controls the efficiency of the port system, made up of 28 port authorities that manage the 46 ports of general interest. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.