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Spain’s Dockers End Strike, Cut Deal with Employers


(Agence France-Press)

Spain’s dock workers on Thursday called off a nationwide strike to protest at an EU-triggered reform in the sector after reaching a deal with employers that protects jobs but lowers salaries.

Some 6,000 dockers have staged work stoppages for 48-hour periods since June 5th to protest against a decree passed in May by Spain’s conservative government that deregulates the hiring of dock workers.

Under the previous system, domestic or foreign companies could only hire workers to load and unload ships in Spain from specific, already-established organisations that provide personnel, and no other firms. Click here to read more.