Valencia, Spain (PortSEurope) February 13, 2019 – Spain’s reform of the stowage sector, which put workers and companies on the warpath due to changes in the contracting conditions, has marked the trade union elections of the port of Valencia, turning them into the most disputed in recent years.
A total of seven unions took part in the elections on February 12, two more than in the vote four years ago, according to port sources.
In May 2017, the government approved the reform of the stowage sector to avoid a multi-million dollar fine by the European Union. This reform involved liberalising the sector and ending the hiring formulas that until now controlled the Sageps – the anonymous management companies of port workers.
Before the announcement of the reform, the longshoremen organised strikes and stoppages. After the reform was approved, the Ministry of Public Works left the details of working conditions in the hands of the sector. In the negotiations, the employers union Anesco was set aside because it was the companies themselves that reached agreements with the unions, who accepted a 10% salary reduction.
Source: Las Provincias
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