Seville stevedoring promotes a new port employment center without Aldeport

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The stevedoring companies of the port of Seville have announced the agreement to establish a new port center for the hiring of stevedores (CPE) without the presence of Aldeport, a company owned by Ership and Agencia Marítima Portillo. The new entity brings together, in fact, the rest of the companies that operate in the facility, six, and also responds to the will of the unions and stevedoring staff that work in the Sevillian facility. Its creation is launched in parallel with the liquidation of the entity that until now carried out this function, and of which Aldeport was also a part. According to informed market sources, the new CPE was born as a result of the refusal of this stevedoring company to continue contracting through the port center formula. “When a partner leaves the previous CPE, it pushes the rest of the companies to liquidate that employment center,” the same sources explained.

Aldeport’s position in Seville is in line with that which Ership has adopted in other Spanish facilities following the arrival of the V Stowage Framework Agreement, which in itself has also promoted the dissolution of several CPE. In Ership, as is the case with other stevedoring companies, “they have their disagreements with the mutual regime included in the Framework Agreement and with the stevedoring unions, and they have sought other solutions,” say sources close to the premises. However, in Seville the rest of the companies ended up choosing to set up a new CPE that will house the entire stevedoring staff that worked in the previous one. “When Aldeport is away, it will have a service contract with us for the services we provide and little else,” they explained, for their part, from Terminal Marítima Guadalquivir (TMG), one of the firms that promote the new contracting entity. .

Its deputy general director, Francisco Martel, has indicated that the new CPE, baptized as CPE del Guadalquivir, “will have the same functionalities, it will be a pool of 48 workers who will work for the different companies.” Bergé Marítima, Estibadora Sevillana, Euroports Carbón Puerto, Marítima Echevarría and Terminal Portuaria Esclusa constitute the shareholders of the new entity, with participations of different weight, in addition to TMG, which “is the majority part,” its director has detailed.

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Companies will still need to hire temporary employment companies to supplement their workforces

This company has stated that the hiring of stevedores through the new center should “strengthen the stability of the sector, improve the competitiveness of the facility and attract new traffic flows.” Likewise, the agreement signed between stevedoring workers’ unions and the companies includes “commitment and cooperation for mutual benefit, working hard to resolve differences and find solutions that satisfy the interests of both parties.” On the other hand, TMG also adds that in the Sevillian port “there is a short staff”, and “internal job boards” and temporary contract companies will continue to be necessary to cover the loading and unloading needs at the Seville facility. beyond the use of the new entity.

The agreement has also been celebrated and supported by the Coordinadora union, the main one in the dockworker field, and by the Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) through a statement. The worker representatives have stated that “we create this service model, and we have the objective of demonstrating that it is the best for this sector: very professional workers, with a lot of flexibility, in a high-risk job such as loading and unloading of ships.

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