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ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has praised the victory of  Spanish dockers who helped combat the controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.

ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in Spain and I congratulate them for making the government back down. Anyone who cares about Spain, Spanish jobs and its international standing knows that this plan stinks to high heaven. But it took the steadfast opposition of the workers, with international solidarity behind them, to make the politicians stand up and defeat this measure.”

ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith added: “It's clear that this is not the end of the attacks on conditions, so while the ITF congratulates the Spanish dock workers on their victory, and thanks the hundreds of affiliates around the world who provided strong solidarity, we know we must prepare for the next round of attacks in Spain in the coming months..”

ETF political secretary for dockers and fisheries Livia Spera concluded: “The battle of the Spanish dockers is a battle for all workers in Europe. If the government had been allowed to get away with this it would have been yet another aggressive and destructive neo-liberal economic plan. On behalf of all workers in Europe, we congratulate our affiliates and all the Spanish dockers on their victory. We are proud of them and of their tireless struggle for a fairer transport sector in Europe.”

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Publication date: 3/20/2017


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