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Docker strikes over next few weeks could bring imports and exports to a halt
thinkSPAIN , Saturday, June 17, 2017

A DOCK-WORKER strike lasting 48 hours cost the export industry €110 million – and more are in the pipeline, according to their union.

Starting at 08.00 on Monday, June 26, the next picket will end at the same time on Wednesday of that week, with further strikes in July.

Port employees will down tools from June 29 to July 1, then again from July 3 to 5 and from July 6 to 8.

Unofficially, they are expected to strike next week, too, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Every single dock-worker stayed at home on Wednesday and Thursday, causing chaos in the shipping industry across the country – the latest in a series of strikes which are gradually coming closer together.

Containers of goods have been stranded in ports, unable to be shipped out to destinations elsewhere in the world, and imported wares may start to become scarce over the next few weeks.

Spain's largest unions, the labourers' commission (CCOO) and general workers' union (UGT), with others such as the CIG and CGT have joined forces with the industry-specific Sea Workers' Coordinator in calling the strikes and fighting for improved working conditions and pay for dockers.

Today (Friday), the national port authority company ANESCO was due to call a meeting to review the unions' latest proposals.



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