Spain opposed to blocking EU-Mercosur trade pact: government

Spain does not support moves to block the EU's trade pact with South America's Mercosur grouping, which has been put in doubt over Brazil's failure to curb fires raging through the Amazon rainforest, the government in Madrid said Saturday.

Spain opposed to blocking EU-Mercosur trade pact: government
Mounted police patrol on the main beach (Grande Plage), near the Palace Hotel where G7 leaders are staying in Biarritz. Photo: AFP

Spain “does not share the position of blocking the deal,” an idea mooted by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday and also backed by Irish leader Leo Varadkar.

“Spain has been at the forefront of the last effort to sign the EU-Mercosur agreement that will open huge opportunities for the two regional blocs,” Madrid said in an online message to media.


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Spanish Amazon workers plan ‘Black Friday’ strike

Workers at Amazon's biggest logistics centre in Spain are planning to strike for eight days in November, December and January, including on the online retailer's "Black Friday" sales bonanza, a union said Wednesday.

Spanish Amazon workers plan 'Black Friday' strike
Boxes await delivery at the Amazon logistics center in San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid. Photo: AFP

The employees at Amazon's San Fernando de Henares facility near Madrid have been demanding better wages and work conditions for months and have already staged strikes this year, to no avail.

Ana Berceruelo of the CCOO union told AFP that 1,800 workers would have the opportunity to join the strike, although it is as yet unclear how many will take part.

The strikes will take place on November 23rd and 24th, or Amazon's mega “Black 
Friday” sales bonanza, as well as December 7th, 9th, 15th, and 30th, and January 3rd and 
4th — all “days of high workload for Amazon,” she said.

In a statement, Amazon insisted its workers in Spain had “a competitive salary and complete package of benefits,” adding it had created more than 2,000 permanent jobs in the country.