Yesterday’s meeting between the Spanish government and the stevedores industry has set the starting point for the future negotiation between the parties. Therefore, and subject to the development of such negotiations, the stevedores unions confirm their intention to not call for any strike in Spanish ports.
Discussions will take place on a weekly-basis, where each party may submit its proposal. This negotiation will start from scratch, as no document has been signed, and furthermore, the Royal Decree that the Spanish Government submitted to the European Commission, hangs in the air.
The intention of the Spanish government and the stevedores is to come up with a joint proposal, agreed and consent by all involved players, ensuring jobs but, at the same time, complying with the European Union requirements.
According to the stevedore’s main union, within 2 months the negotiations should reveal whether a definite consent might be possible or not. Hence, during such period, we foresee no strikes to be called at Spanish ports.