MADRID Feb 21 Spanish dock workers have called
nine days of strikes to protest government plans to allow ports
to hire non-unionised labour, El Pais newspaper reported on
Tuesday, threatening to disrupt trade for up to three weeks from
Dockers last week called off a planned three-day strike
after the government said it would put its reforms on hold and
open talks, but the decision to push ahead with a bigger strike
came after the government signalled it would not change parts of
the plan, El Pais said, citing the CETM union.
Reuters could not reach CETM for comment.
The proposals would allow companies operating in ports to
hire staff that do not belong to unions, a move unpopular with
union members but which would help bring Spain in line with
European Union regulations.
The nine days of stoppages across dozens of Spanish ports
would take place on alternate days, meaning disruptions could
drag on for three weeks between March 6 and March 24, El Pais
Negotiations between the unions and the government were set
About two-thirds of Spain's exports pass through the ports,
which handle some 500 million tonnes of merchandise a year.
(Reporting by Rodrigo de Miguel; Writing by Sarah White;
Editing by Robin Pomeroy)