Spanish Dockerworkers Reach Accord with Business Association – Union

Containers are seen at Barcelona’s Port, Spain, January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

ReutersMADRID, June 29 (Reuters) – Spanish dock workers unions have reached an accord with business associations on labour conditions and called off planned strikes after the government passed a sector reform, the unions and business association said on Thursday.

Port strikes in the Mediterranean’s largest commercial docks had forced contained shipping firms such as Maersk to re-rout boats hitting import and export businesses. About two thirds of Spain’s exports pass through the country’s docks.

Spain’s parliament passed a long-delayed reform of port operations in May to bring regulation closer to that of the European Union.

(Reporting by Alba Asenjo; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Jesus Aguado)

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