December 14, 2018 / 11:28 AM / 6 months ago

Stevedores in Portugal port end strike, unblocking VW car shipments

LISBON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Striking stevedores at the Portuguese port of Setubal and the port administration reached a deal on Friday to end a strike that started 40 days ago and has blocked shipments of cars made at a Volkswagen plant nearby, and other goods.

“There is a deal to hire precarious stevedores in Setubal, which was the main demand. Loadings can start today if there are ships ready,” said Renato Teixeira, a spokesman for stevedores union SEAL.

The Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant near Lisbon is Portugal’s single largest exporter. (Reporting By Andrei Khalip, editing by Axel Bugge)

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