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Deal seals end of Spanish strikes

Unions have called off strikes at Spanish ports after reaching a deal with employers to ensure that jobs are protected once labour reforms are implemented.

Anesco, the employers’ association has agreed to guarantee the jobs of Spain’s 6,000 stevedores and unchanged working conditions during the three-year transition to the liberalised port labour market.

Unions have accepted wage reductions of “up to 10%” for dockers, Israel Ruiz of the UGT Estiba union told AFP.

According to Ruiz, the current agreement actually only covers about 70% of all Spanish dockers as some firms pulled out of Anesco.

Recently, union leaders agreed separate deals with private terminal operators including APM Terminals and Hutchison Ports, meaning the latest strike only registered a 28% turnout.

Previous strikes have received up to 98% turnout from dock workers.

Unions have also agreed to enter negotiations on a final collective bargaining agreement.