Two police hurt as shipbuilders stage strike

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21 September 2004, CADIZ – Striking shipbuilders closed roads and set up barricades Tuesday across Spain in the first of three planned national stoppages.

21 September 2004

CADIZ – Striking shipbuilders closed roads and set up barricades Tuesday across Spain in the first of three planned national stoppages.

Two National Police officers suffered minor injuries in scuffles with strikers in the port of Cadiz in Andalusia, southern Spain.

Roads were cut off by strikers in Cadiz, Ferrol and Gijon in more peaceful  demonstrations.

But the Economy Minister, Pedro Solbes, insisted that talks between the strikers from troubled state-run shipbuilders Izar and their owners were "going well".

The latest strike action follow last week's clashes when 23 people were injured Friday in Seville.

A day earlier, 12 employees were injured in clashes with police in Bilbao.

The striking workers from the state-owned shipbuilers have also vowed to stage three work stoppages this month in protest  against a rescue plan for the struggling company.

Unions at Izar, which employs 10,700 people on 10 sites, announced plans to down tools on 21, 28 and 30 September following the failure of talks with Izar owners, the state holding company SEPI.

SEPI's proposals call for a separation of Izar's military construction unit, the company's most profitable venture, from the civilian operation, which would be partially privatised.

Izar has been in crisis since European Union authorities demanded in May that it repay EUR 300 million (USD 362 million) of EU aid that Brussels regards as having breached competition rules.

The European Commission may further demand that Izar reimburse more than

EUR 600 million of additional aid, according to SEPI.

A European Commission spokesman said in Brussels on Monday that the panel and Spanish authorities were negotiating a timetable for the repayment that would not threaten the survival of the company.

The sector is struggling in Spain in the face of tight competition from Asia.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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