Cadiz shipyard strike loses millions of euros for industry



The strike at the Cadiz shipyards costs the industry millions of euros. image: twitter

Cadiz shipyard strike loses millions of euros for industry

The indefinite strike at the San Fernando shipyard in the province of Cadiz entered its fourth day today, Friday, November 19. Industry experts have estimated that the industry could lose up to € 300,000 per day in lost revenue as long as the strike continues. This could seriously jeopardize the future of the sector if no solution is found quickly.

For now, it is believed that the strike will last at least until next Tuesday 23. This is the date on which a demonstration was called in the capital Cadiz. Negotiations between unions and employers have stalled after a prior agreement was not reached at the third meeting the parties held yesterday, Thursday 18.

This meeting, at the Labor Relations Center of the Department of Employment in Seville, continued until the early hours of today, Friday 19, without any positive conclusion.

The large tractor companies in the province that are paralyzed due to the shutdown of subcontractors have changed their plans and are providing a contingency plan in view of the delays in their industrial activity. The losses are piling up and the delivery times written in the refurbishment contracts of the ships are starting to be affected.

There are also cruise ships and military ships trapped by the strike

According to lavozdigital.es, five ships are trapped in the shipyards of Cadiz and Puerto Real following the strike. The most serious situation concerns the cruise ship “Wind Surf”, of the company WindStars Cruises, which is in the Cádiz plant, and whose departure was scheduled for November 25th. Everything indicates that this work will not be completed until the end of the strike.

Four other stranded ships include Royal Caribbean’s “Carnival Sunshine” and “Radiance of the Seas” cruise ships, as well as the “Marella Explorer”, as well as the Spanish Navy frigate “Galicia”.

One consequence of this strike could be the termination by companies of their contracts with shipyards, as Carnival Cruises reported a few days ago. Carnival signed an agreement this year with Navantia where it recently invested around 200 million euros in the refurbishment of one of its ships.

There are also five corvettes currently under construction for the Saudi Navy in the San Fernando shipyard. The first of these was to be launched on December 4.

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