THE INTERNATIONAL DOCKWORKERS COUNCIL (IDC) GOES BEFORE THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AND WITHDRAWS FROM THE SECTORIAL SOCIAL DIALOGUE ON PORTS IDC demands that the European Commissioner take a clear and official position on the Spanish Decree Law that threatens to wipe out over 6,000 dockworker jobs, and asks whether the European Commission defends the use of public funds to pay for the destruction of stable employment on the docks. The IDC calls an international day of strike action in solidarity with Spanish dockworkers on March 10, which will see three hour stoppages in European ports and one hour stoppages in...
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• The conditions of workers within the ports are a key factor for competition• Jordi Aragunde: "we must focus on the application of the new Regulation with regards to container terminal automation"
IDC, 19/12/2016. Barcelona. The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) welcomes the approval by the European Parliament of the Port Regulation that was adopted by European Union representatives on December 14. After years of negotiations between various employers and workers’ organizations, the new Regulation will allow for the maintenance of existing port management models. Above all, it focuses on the conditions of workers in the ports, a factor that, as the IDC as always maintained, is key to both competitiveness and the future of the economy.
According to IDC General Coordinator Jordi Aragunde, “this is positive news and demonstrates a changing trend, one that will allow dock workers to be covered by common and superior legislation to that of the member states [of the European Union]. However, we believe that it should have had more precision in regards to the defense of working conditions, something which could be affected in the case of a change in ownership of a particular business concession”.
Aragunde continued, “The approval of this Regulation by the European Parliament means that port workers are doing a very good job in the interests of the system’s productive and economic prosperity. Nevertheless we must focus on the application of the new Regulation with regards to container terminal automation, on which thousands of jobs in ports all around the world already depend. It is everyone’s responsibility to promote human-centered terminals in opposition to the progressive automation of concessions”.
The IDC acknowledges the work done by the speaker for the Regulation, Germany’s Knut Fleckenstein, who has been responsible for the parliamentary process for this Regulation. The IDC endorses what the Euro MP said during the plenary session: “Financial transparency is at the core of the agreement, which should facilitate the work of the Commission on a coherent state aid regime and trigger investments into ports”. It should be noted that what dock workers have attained during the negotiation process is that both the services provided for cargo handling and passenger transport are subject to financial control exercised by the European Commission, but what the Commission refers to as the organization of port services will be exempt.
With regard to European Union control of state aid to each port, the IDC stresses that the approved Regulation should have gone much further and placed greater importance on the resources generated from the European facilities being directed towards the creation of new jobs, training and workers’ health and safety.
The International Dockworkers Council (IDC)
The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) is a global union federation which was formally founded in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary Islands of Spain in 2000. Today it brings together close to 100,000 dockworkers across five continents and works to defend workers and their jobs through both training and the continual improvement of their working conditions.
With its central office in the city of Barcelona, Spain, the IDC is organized into six different zones (Europe, Africa, West Coast of North America and the Pacific, East Coast of North America, Oceania and Latin America), each with its own Coordinator who was nominated at the General Assembly.
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