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Madrid passes controversial port bill

Madrid passes controversial port bill

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Spanish politicians passed a controversial port reform bill yesterday, at the behest of the European Union. The new law however has proven deeply unpopular with local dockworkers who have threatened a renewed wave of strikes.

The decree aims to liberalise hiring in a sector strictly controlled by the unions who have called for four days of strikes later this month and for another four days of industrial action in June.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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