Spanish dockworkers to strike next week

Spanish ports such as Cadiz will come to a standstill next week.

Spanish dockworkers will strike for three days next week to protest government plans to liberalize the hiring of workers in the nation’s ports.

The dockworkers’ union said the strikes will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and could be followed by further walkouts.

The union last week canceled five of eight days of planned strikes between May 24 and June 9 after reaching agreement with the port employers’ association, Anesco, over the government’s planned reform of the dock labor system.

But dockers’ leaders on Thursday decided to go ahead with the remaining three days of strikes after failing to secure assurances from Anesco over safeguarding the jobs of the country’s 6,000 registered dockworkers.

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