Sunday, April 2

The moorers suspend the strike until Saturday after progress in the negotiation

advances in labor conflict of the moorers of the port of Barcelona. Union sources have reported that this Thursday, at 6 in the morning, a marathon meeting has ended in which the decision has been made to postpone the strike until Saturday. After more than 12 hours of meeting with the mediation of Labor Inspection, the strike committee has reached a preliminary agreement with the company, which agrees to accept two of the three fundamental demands of the workers. The subject of the new incorporations that would consolidate all the salary proportionally and after 4 years, 100% consolidated, remains pending. At the request of the company, all parties have met next Friday 01/21 at 12:00 in the Department of Work to unblock the last pending point.

The moorers demand greater labor and economic stability, in addition to compliance with all protection and safety laws. The purpose of the meeting was to find a solution to the labor conflict that has led the moorers of the Barcelona’s port to call an indefinite strike from Monday, January 17.

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Amarradores de Barcelona is a recently created company based on the integration of the two companies that have so far been licensees of the ship mooring service in the port of Barcelona, ​​Cemesa and Mooring. The ship mooring and unmooring service is a port service whose means, rates and conditions are regulated and limited by the port administration, with rates currently in force that have not been revised since 2013. This is a service that, with significant public service components, the licensee companies provide continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The integration of the two companies received the approval of all administrations, including the Competition Authority, which established strict controls over all service contracts provided by Amarres de Barcelona and limited the prices applied.

The guarantee of employment and its conditions are the fundamental objectives of the integration that implied the subrogation of all the workers in the new company, guaranteeing the rights that they previously enjoyed. The new mercantile company assumed not to fire workers from the templates of the companies of origin. But the templates of the merged companies claim more guarantees. The two main points of disagreement have been the discrepancy in the configuration of work shifts and the minimum number of people per shift, which the company even understood could be made more flexible depending on work peaks, that is, a discrepancy on the organization of work, which is a basic function that corresponds to the management of the company. It has also been a source of conflict that the same rights accorded to future contracts be recognized. This second condition would suppose a collective agreement of difficult legal fit. But the principle, same work, same rights is a main claim in the port of Barcelona.