Spain Moves Forward with Longshore Reforms

Spain’s Ministry of Public Works is moving forward swiftly with plans to liberalize the nation’s longshore labor policies. Despite the objections of union leaders and the possibility of rolling strikes, the agency intends to finalize a “royal decree-law” on port reform – an administrative ruling with the force of law – as early as Friday. Under current regulations, port employers have to hire stevedores from designated local staffing companies, or SAGEPs (Sociedad Anónima de Gestión de Estibadores Portuarios), all of which are unionized.

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Spanish Dockers Call Nine-Day Strike Over Non-Union Labour

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 March 6. 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.

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Port Cameron: Proposed $1.5 Billion Deep-Water Staging Facility will Serve Area’s Offshore Energy Needs

Port Cameron executive director Ted Falgout said the potential for the deep-water staging facility to serve the offshore energy needs in the Gulf of Mexico is endless. The proposed $1.5 billion port will be built on 500 acres of property along the Calcasieu Ship Channel, with an additional 750 acres available for future expansion. Falgout said Port Cameron has a 99-year lease on the property, with the option to purchase the land immediately upon full funding. Falgout served as director of Port Fourchon for more than 30 years before retiring in late 2009. The facility, located in Lafourche Parish, has grown to serve the offshore energy industry, including drilling, production and operation.

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Labor Unions Continue Push Back to ‘Right to Work’ Law

Missouri became the 28 right-to-work state when Gov. Eric Greitens signed it into law earlier this month. The legislation prohibits employers and labor unions from requiring employees to shell out dues. But the new law hasn’t been without opposition from unions statewide. Mark Baker who is a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is against the new law and says it’s an attempt to drive down wages.

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ILA, USMX say informal contract talks were ‘productive and fruitful’

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX), which held informal contract discussions on Wednesday, said in a joint statement the daylong conference held in Delray Beach, Fla. was “productive and fruitful.” The current contract expires Sept. 30, 2018. “Both sides had an opportunity to share, in preliminary talks, issues that are important to both the ILA and employers as we collectively move from these talks to official Wage Scale Negotiations,” the joint statement said. USMX represents employers in contract negotiations.

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