Following the events involving the Spain stevedores union last week, 46 port companies decided to leave the ANESCO employers’ association. The companies signed a private agreement with the stevedores union, leading to the resignation of ANESCO’s president, Mr. Joaquim Coello, on Wednesday.
Yesterday, representatives of the “new” ANESCO met with representatives of the stevedores union and finally accepted their conditions. After the meeting, representatives of the union called off the remaining scheduled strike days.
Last week, the main Spanish ports/terminals were said to be operating normally. The congestion that resulted from the strike has been clearing up for both dry and refrigerated cargo. With this, Spanish ports are now accepting reefer containers again.
With the new agreements, the stevedores are expected to stop striking for at least the next three months. Negotiations for the 5th framework agreement for the Spanish stevedore sector will begin next week, but is not expected to be finalized until the end of September.
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