Fortnight of port strikes brings chaos to Spain

Fortnight of port strikes brings chaos to Spain

Shipping lines are having to reroute calls in the Mediterranean area as dockers in Spain yesterday kicked off a fortnight of intermittent strikes. The Spanish government, under pressure from the EU, has been trying to push through port reforms, something that dockworkers have protested against.

Dockworkers will stop working every other hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week. Five further days of industrial action have also been called for next week

The ports reform aims to crack down on closed-shop hiring in a heavily unionised sector.

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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