Unions and employers from Spain and Gibraltar have joined forces for the first time to call on the UK government and politicians of all political parties to press the Spanish government to end the restrictions hurting workers and businesses on both sides of the border.
A delegation known as the Cross Frontier Group representing Spanish employers and unions together with Gibraltar employers and unions are in London today (2 April) and tomorrow (3 April) to meet with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Gibraltar and Foreign Office officials.
Over 10,000 Spanish workers and 2000 other European workers cross the border to work in Gibraltar. The Cross Frontier Group will be expressing their concerns that the Spanish government’s continued restrictions on the border are hurting workers and businesses by impeding the free movement of goods and people enshrined in EU regulations.
Gibraltar accounts for one in every six jobs in the Spanish region adjacent to Gibraltar (Campo de Gibraltar) and with unemployment in the town of La Linea running at 37 per cent the peninsular is a lifeline for business and workers from Campo de Gibraltar’s.
Unite national officer for Gibraltar, Kevin Coyne said: “For the first time unions and employers from Spain and Gibraltar have joined forces to press the UK government and politicians to call on Spain to stop hurting its own economy as well as Gibraltar’s.
“It has been almost a year since the Spanish Partido Popular government imposed major restrictions on the movement of goods and people between Spain and Gibraltar. It is madness that the restrictions are still in place because they are hurting Spanish workers and businesses just as they are hurting Gibraltar.
The Gibraltar side of the delegation represents Unite, Gibraltar Teachers Association, Gibraltar government and Clerical Workers Association, Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses.
The Spanish side of the delegation represents the Federation of medium and small businesses (APYMELL) and the two largest Spanish unions CCOO and UGT.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.