Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) November 10, 2017 – The recent opening of two investigations into the main actors in the stowage sector by the competition regulator CNMC has stirred up the entire sector.
In the employer’s association Anesco, the investigation has caused concerns, because they think it can dynamite the agreements that it had reached with the unions, although in other forums such as the Platform of Investors in Spanish Ports (PIPE) back him up.
Among the workers’ representatives, the anger is huge. On November 9, Spanish trade union of dockworkers Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar (CETM), the main trade union of the longshoremen, held its annual assembly, and its general coordinator, Antolín Goya, accused the regulatory body of “destabilising” the sector. He went a step further, to reproach that the watchdog is “restricting basic rights”, generating “a situation of uncertainty”. Goya explained that collective bargaining is still open, but “now we do not know if we will be able to complete an agreement to give stability to the ports.”
Therefore, he said that CETM will study “all kinds of actions” against the “interference” of the competition regulator, although the return to mobilisations would only be “our last option”. In fact, Goya advocates closing the negotiations with the employers “in the shortest period of time”, with the guarantee given by the government and the “firm conviction of the legality of what has already been agreed upon”.
Source: Diario Sur
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