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Spanish Competition Watchdog Asks EU Court To Reexamine Labour Agreement In Stowage Sector

Spanish competition watchdog asks EU Court to reexamine labour agreement in stowage sector

Spanish Competition Watchdog Asks EU Court To Reexamine Labour Agreement In Stowage Sector

Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) June 26, 2019 – Spanish anti-trust watchdog Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has submitted to the Court of Justice of the EU a question to certify if the agreement that employers and stowage trade unions reached two years ago complies with community rules.

With this initiative, the regulator leaves in suspense the sanctioning process that opened on this agreement in November 2017, a few months after its signature.

For the CNMC, the agreement that the employers union of stevedoring companies Anesco and trade unions with representation in the sector “includes a series of commercial obligations between operators that go beyond the scope of collective bargaining and the Royal Decree with which the government reformed the sector”.

In addition, it considers that the recently approved regulation to develop the reform of the stowage sector provides the social partners with the possibility of agreeing on compulsory subrogations by the stevedoring companies of the longshoremen of the former management companies of port workers (Sagep).

Source: CNMC

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