During a meeting held in Lisbon on 14 February 2014, the Dockers’ union SETC and the port operators’ associations AOP and AOPL have reached an agreement which puts on hold the industrial actions that have been taken by Portuguese dockers over the last two years. (click here for an overview of the causes and history of the dispute)
Social partners, which met at the presence of a representative of the Portuguese port authorities, have agreed that:
ETF Dockers’ Section Chair, Terje Samuelsen commented: ‘This is a great step forward for the Portuguese unions and excellent news for all European Dockers. Once again, the pressure put by international solidarity played a crucial contribution to the achievement of this result. We will keep doing our best to ensure that all the other current disputes, notably the ones in Norway, are settled with such a positive outcome.’
Over the last months ETF and its members have supported the Portuguese dockers through political and industrial actions in several European countries.