ITF/ETF dockers take action to back Spanish colleagues

Belgian dockers from the ITF and ETF-affiliated BTB-ABVV, ACV Transcom and ACLVB unions are protesting on the dockside in Antwerp now against the arrival of the world’s second biggest container ship, the Maersk Madrid. They are mobilising in solidarity with their Spanish colleagues in the FSC-CCOO and FESMC-UGT, who are taking action against the country’s so-called port reform, after the ship had diverted from Algeciras and unloaded in Tangier.

A similar reception from FNV Havens members is ready to greet the ship at its next scheduled call at Rotterdam on June 11.

ITF president and chair of the ITF dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, stated: “Spain’s dockers are facing an unprecedented attack on their jobs in this important national industry. Their colleagues worldwide are supporting them in fighting back. Today’s action shows how prepared that worldwide docker community is to challenge this ridiculous ‘reform’ and back their Spanish comrades in their justified fight against it.”

ETF political secretary for dockers and fisheries Livia Spera commented: “Spain’s dockers have been pushed to take industrial action after all their attempts to find a fair solution failed over the last week, due to the internal division in the employers' association. Our Spanish unions are in favour of returning to the negotiating table but at present they are sceptical about the employers' commitment to talk about job guarantees for all dockers in all Spanish ports. This is a red line for them.”

She continued: “In March we in the ETF had to put our participation to the European social dialogue process on hold due to the lack of proper social dialogue in Spain. As we see no substantial progress there, it is not possible for us at the moment to reengage in the EU-level dialogue and to attend the meeting that is scheduled to take place at the end of June.”

In Rotterdam the protesters will hand deliver this message to the ship.

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315 Days Ago
Thanks for your support. From Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain).
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