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May 19 2017 02:48

::: DOSSIER SOBRE LA LUCHA DE LA ESTIBA :::

Hoy el Congreso ha aprobado el decreto ley de la estiba, por tanto los estibadores y estibadoras están en pie de guerra. En este contexto del incremento de la conflictividad en los puertos, difundimos el siguiente número especial elaborado por La Soli.

Puedes descargarlo y leerlo en el siguiente enlace: http://lasoli.cnt.cat/hemeroteca/2017/2017-04-24.pdf

::: ESSENTIAL FIGHTING DOSSIER :::

Today Congress has approved the stevedown law, so stevedores and stevedores are on the warpath. In this context of increased conflict in ports, we released the following special issue prepared by La Soli.

You can download it and read it at the following link: http://lasoli.cnt.cat/hemeroteca/2017/2017-04-24.pdf

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May 19 2017 07:57

Shipping press report on the new strike call out. I'm not sure if the claim that go slows are already happening is accurate. I suspect not.

https://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ports-and-logistics/article555864.ece

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May 19 2017 11:14

Well, that is possible. Due to strikes or possible jealousy of port workers, delays and so on, companies have diverted workloads to other ports.
As I said before is not something new in this sector since the dismantling of much of the naval since the 1980s.
To have such a function the dock workers' coordinator can be vital for the pulse that Spanish dock workers are carrying.

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May 23 2017 18:35

The first five strike days, which were due to start tomorrow, have been called off following talks yesterday with the employers organisation Anesco. It appears that the more moderate wing of the port employers are willing to reach an agreement on maintaining job security. It remains to be seen whether all the employers will go along with this.

http://www.naucher.com/es/actualidad/el-acuerdo-de-estibadores-y-patronal-retrasa-la-huelga-a-la-espera-de-que-anesco-renazca/_n:6501/

http://www.coordinadora.org/noticias/estibadores-ceep/15218-la-asamblea-acuerda-exigir-a-anesco-la-garantia-de-la-totalidad-del-empleo

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May 23 2017 20:54

As always, thanks for the updates Mark!

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Jun 4 2017 22:47

It looks like the strikes are finally happening, starting tomorrow.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Portuariosworld/status/870654607902601216

According to this dockworkers will be striking on alternate hours on June 5, 7 and 9, followed by an all out 48 hour strike from June 14 to 16, and striking on alternate hours again on June 19, 21 and 23.

JP Morgan hace caja con la reforma de la estiba y vende a Cosco sus puertos españoles

Another report here claiming that J P Morgan are looking to sell their interests in Spanish ports to Chinese port operator Cosco, and so have an interest in the government's reforms going through to reduce labour costs before a possible sale. I'm not sure the report actually contains any new information, though it may help explain some of the divisions on the employers' side. Some other employers seem content with the status quo and less than keen on the government's plans.

La estiba europea reafirma el "apoyo incondicional a nuestros compañeros españoles”

Report on IDC meeting in Barcelona last week.

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Jun 5 2017 06:03

More on J P Morgan and Cosco:

Cosco se quedará con Noatum...

Report on the strike plans from the same site:

Los estibadores inician este lunes una dura huelga para forzar a las empresas al acuerdo

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Jun 5 2017 10:38

The strike dock workers' begins in defense of their rights and jobs

Comienza la huelga del colectivo de estibadores en defensa de sus derechos y puestos de trabajo
http://kaosenlared.net/comienza-la-huelga-lxs-estibadorxs-defensa-puestos-trabajo-derechos/

"The Ministry of Public Works has ordered minimum services of up to 100% in operations involving perishable and dangerous goods, passengers, emergency situations and essential products for the islands, Ceuta and Melilla. Abusive minimum services that also require dockers to guarantee a yield of not less than 50% of the average of the previous calendar year on a comparable day."

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Jun 5 2017 13:15

Images from the link above:

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Jun 5 2017 20:35

Reports on today's strike action

Spanish ports hit by nation-wide strike

Dockers strike disrupts Spanish ports and trade routes

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Jun 5 2017 20:49

A call for international solidarity with the Spanish dockers

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Dear all IDC Members,

Friday, June 2, 2017. Following the actions of the Spanish Employers Association, the Spanish trade union Coordinadora has decided to proceed with a strike NEXT 5/7/9 June for 12 HOURS.

IDC will heed the strike advisory and will remain alert- with their full attention- in order to follow new developments of the Spanish situation. We will alert our IDC members to any future developments.

In response to this advisory, a Maersk ship was already diverted from the Port of Algeciras to the Port of Tangier. We ask that all IDC members be aware of ships that may be diverted from Spain, and to not work accept these ships in their ports.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the international dockworkers community and to the individuals who have stood alongside Spanish Dockworkers amidst their struggle to defend their professions.

IDC will continue to support dockworkers everywhere in their struggle, and iterates their steadfast commitment to Coordinadora, who has demonstrated- yet again- strength in unity.

WE WILL NEVER WALK ALONE AGAIN!

In solidarity,

Jordi Aragunde
IDC General Coordinator

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Jun 6 2017 09:46

Report on yesterday's strike action

Estibadores: 1 - Fomento: 0. Primer día de seguimiento masivo y sin incidentes

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Jun 7 2017 06:52
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Spanish dockworkers plan to strike for seven more days this month after Monday’s 24-hour walkout following the breakdown of talks between unions and port employers over the implementation of the government’s forthcoming waterfront labour reforms.

The strikes follow months of slowdowns that have sharply reduced productivity and stoked fears carriers will permanently shift some calls that are being rerouted to rival ports in Morocco, Malta, and Portugal.

Dockers will stop working on alternative hours tomorrow and on Friday, stage an all-out, 48-hour strike on June 14–15 and walk out every other hour on June 19, 21, and 23.

The dockers’ union called the strikes after failing to secure pledges from Anesco, the port employers’ organization, over safeguarding the jobs of more than 6,000 workers it fears are at risk when the government’s reforms are enacted.

The reforms, which secured parliamentary approval last month, will end “closed shop” union controlled hiring of dock labour to comply with a European Court ruling in December 2014 that the Spanish system breaches EU freedom of establishment.

Spain was fined 15.6 million euros ($17.6 million) last July for failing to comply with the court ruling and faces further hefty daily penalties until it changes the current system.

The government has proposed a three-year phase in of the new hiring system and offered up to 120 million euros to finance the early retirement of dockers.

The reforms will affect around 6,150 dockers in 46 Spanish ports, but most of the focus is on three ports — Algeciras, Valencia, and Barcelona, which employ 3,800 workers.

Manuel Morón, the head of the Algeciras Port Authority, has said the strikes “will completely shatter” Spain’s leading transshipment hub.

Maersk Line’s SL Illinois today omitted a call at Algeciras and is discharging cargo at Barcelona, and the MSC Ilona also cancelled a call at the port and discharged traffic at Sines in Portugal.

Maersk also diverted the 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, the largest vessel in its fleet, from Algeciras to the Moroccan port of Tangier ahead of Monday’s strike.

From here

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Jun 7 2017 22:17

Dockworkers in Algeciras:

https://mobile.twitter.com/tiresias365/status/872382563372937216

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Jun 12 2017 06:18

Blog post by Juanjo Peris

Días de lucha

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Jun 12 2017 06:38

Report on the Gothenburg dispute

Gothenburg lockout 'descends into farce' as mediators say they've had enough

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Jun 12 2017 06:53

Report from the Puerto de Marín, near Pontevedra

Ni lujos ni Ferraris: la estiba desde dentro

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Jun 12 2017 07:57

Podcast: http://thedockerpodcast.libsyn.com/itf-cape-town-part-1-jorge-garcia-faerna?tdest_id=258903

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As the rolling strikes continue on Spanish docks, we sit and talk with Jorge Garcia Faerna, General Secretary of FSC-CCOO in Spain. Jorge gives us the whole story on what struggles are being faced by Spanish dockers.
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Jun 12 2017 12:02

The situation in Sweden is now beginning to turn into momentous issue for the independent workers movement as well as for the majority reformist unions. The social democrat government are now trying to use the pressure put on them by the Swedish Confederation of Enterprise to kickstart a government inquiry that could remove the right for non-CBA holding unions to engage in labor disputes (if the industrial action is not explicitly aimed at winning a CBA). This would not only mean problems for minority unions like the Swedish Dockworkers' Union, but also libertarian unions like SAC - the Syndicalists. The majority confederation, the LO, are staying very quiet on this issue, even though a change like this would make it possible for companies to form their own yellow unions, sign CBAs with these paper constructions, and effectively get rid of even reformist opposition.

From the Hamn4an:

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After a year and a half of union struggle against the multinational, APM Terminals, the company has drastically escalated the dispute. The lockout of members of the Swedish Dockworkers Union was put in place on Friday, 19 May, in the container terminal on weekdays between 16:00 and 07:00. The lockout will continue for six weeks.

The conflict has never been about salary levels or allowances. Dockworkers in Gothenburg are defending conditions and ways of working which are regarded as given in other Swedish ports. APMT appears to be doing all it can to try to crush the majority member union in the Port of Gothenburg and, at the same time, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise continue to press for restrictions in the right to strike in a way that would have disastrous consequences for all the trade/labour unions in Sweden. The first 28 days of the lockout the production stoppages amount to more than double all of the industrial actions in the last half year taken by the Swedish Dockworkers Union.

Don’t let union busting and the prestige of the company to triumph over fundamental union rights and a sensible working environment!

Read more and keep up-to-date: http://www.hamn.nu and https://www.facebook.com/hamnarbetarna/

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Jun 13 2017 10:48

Support from dockworkers in Valencia for Las Kellys hotel cleaners in Benidorm.

https://mobile.twitter.com/xavillin/status/873211413912838145

https://mobile.twitter.com/KeRoLeT/status/874310746141843456

https://mobile.twitter.com/NataliaOhYeah/status/874405852530311168

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Jun 12 2017 17:34

What is CBA?

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Jun 12 2017 18:30

^collective bargaining agreement

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Jun 13 2017 14:29

Confirmation that Cosco has bought a controlling interest in port operator Noatum, including the Valencia and Bilbao container terminals.

Cosco compra el 51% de Noatum Ports por 203,5 millones y se queda con la terminal de València

Edit: report on this in English

Cosco Shipping Ports takes majority stake in Noatum Ports

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Jun 13 2017 14:52

48 hour strike to go ahead starting at 8am tomorrow following the breakdown of the latest talks between unions and employers organisation Anesco. The report blames the failure of talks on divisions on the employers side.

Los estibadores convocan una huelga de 48 horas tras fracasar las negociaciones con la patronal

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Jun 15 2017 09:37

Maersk Line on the effects of the strikes

https://www2.maerskline.com/spanish-port-contingency

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Jun 15 2017 18:04

More strike days called for the end of June / start of July

Los estibadores elevan la tensión y convocan cuatro nuevos paros en los puertos

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Jun 15 2017 18:10

AFP report on the current 48 hour strike

Spain's dockers up fight for jobs with two-day strike

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Jun 16 2017 23:06

IDC calls for two hour Eiurope-wide strike on 29 June in support of Spanish dockworkers.

La estiba europea anuncia un paro de 2 horas el 29 de junio en apoyo a los trabajadores españoles

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Jun 17 2017 08:30

Reuters report

Spanish dock workers extend strikes into July

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Jun 17 2017 10:21

Demo by CNT linesmen from the port of Barcelona on Monday. This seems to be their own separate dispute, and I think the employers are different.

https://mobile.twitter.com/PortuariosCNT/status/875028242029309954

Overtime ban, which may have a wider effect together with the action by Coordinadora:

https://mobile.twitter.com/PortuariosCNT/status/874567633156354048