The vote followed an unexpected negotiating breakthrough at a six-hour meeting on Friday between union leaders and port employers’ bodies under the chairmanship of the head of the government’s Institute of Mobility and Transport, Joao Carvalho.
The Lisbon dockers’ union indicated its main claims had been accepted at the meeting. Forty-seven dockers, who were sacked last year after employers sought to introduce outside labour, will be reinstated, and dockers and employers have been given until September to complete negotiations on a new collective agreement claimed by the union.
In addition, according to the union, employers have agreed to suspend the recruitment of casual workers and to drop all disciplinary action against individual dockers.
The 300-strong dockers’ union in Lisbon began industrial action in August 2012 in an attempt to prevent the government passing its proposed port legislation. When this became law in February last year they continued to oppose it, receiving backing from the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
Earlier this month, stoppages were staged at a number of ports in other European countries in response to a call for solidarity with the Portuguese dockers from the IDC and ITF.
Published on the 19 February