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Spain: Stevedore ‘truce’ with CNMC at risk of unravelling

 |  September 4, 2018

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has announced a review, of the universal subrogation agreement that was included in the IV Framework Agreement enacted to put an end to the tension and wave of strikes across te country’s ports, with the possibility of declaring it illegal.

The agreement eliminated a multi-million euro fine to stowage companie accused of signing union agreements that violated the laws opening up the sector. The then government of the Popular Party (PP) had to change the legislation after the EU Court of Justice concluded that Spanish law violated the Treaty of the EU on the provision of services.

The case will be studied again by the board of the CNMC, who will publish a resolution that is expected to declare the universal subrogation agreement to be illegal and will restore the fine against the port companies, marking the second time the CNMC imposes such punishment on stevedoring companies over their use of union agreements that violate the law.

Full Content: El Economista

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