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(en) Spanish Port Workers on Strike

From "Chris R" <christopher@nodo50.org>
Date Fri, 17 Jan 2003 03:51:04 -0500 (EST)

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> CGT informs that the Port Strike continues on17th, 20th, 21st & 22nd January
Madrid, January 16 2003
In spite of the clear success of the ports strike last November 19th, with a
figure of over 95% on strike, the Government's attitude has not changed and
it seeks to reform the Ports and Merchant Navy Law in the terms of total
privatisation of stowage, liberalisation of the port services of towing,
mooring and piloting, outsourcing and privatisation of port workers,
allowing self-assisted stowing and unstowing, etc.

Facing this attitude of the Ministry of Public Works and of the National
Ports Organisation, the last meeting of the Table for Unity of Action
decided to go ahead with the mobilisations against the reform of Ports Law.
The "Coordinadora" (national coordinating committee of stevedores), the
Intersindical Canaria (regional Canary Islands trade union) and the CGT are
summoning the port workers of all national ports to strike on 20th, 21st and
22nd of January and also to support the strike called for tomorrow, 17th
January, by the European unions against the European directives on the
access to the port services market which also worsens working conditions in
the same lines as the proposals made by the Spanish government.

We are facing a process whose consequences will be disastrous for the
workers if we consent to the pretensions of the EU and of the Government
that in the end are the interests of the bosses, the shipowners and shipping
companies that are trying to impose the same wretched working conditions to
port workers as they did with sailors, with the "healthy purpose" of
increasing their benefits.


Sector del Mar y Puertos de CGT
Federacion de Transportes y Comunicaciones
C/ Sagunto 15, 28010 Madrid
Telefono: (+) 34 914470572 Fax: (+34) 914453132 E-mail: cgtsectormar@cgt.es

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