Just a week after the Bloque Nacionalista Galego (BNG) moved forward with a non-binding proposal in the Industry Committee of the Congress for the distribution of the 1,500 reinforcement workers announced by the Government of Pedro Sánchez for Navantia in March 2023 to be proportional and not according to the workload, which would allow for more hires at the shipyards in the Bay of Cadiz at the expense of Ferrol, the party insists on defending the interests of the area in the Lower House.
The BNG has presented a new initiative to revive civil shipbuilding at the public company’s factory in the town north of the province of A Coruña, introduce segments with higher technological content related to renewable energies and the decarbonization of maritime mobility, and decentralize procurement and subcontracting policies favoring the local business fabric for the plant.
Furthermore, the Galician nationalists demand new infrastructures such as a dock for new construction and another for repairs of larger dimensions than the current dock.
The BNG justifies these requests, among other reasons, once again alleging discrimination against Ferrol in favor of the Bay of Cadiz, which benefit from designs owned by the Spanish State.
It is worth noting that in the approved non-binding proposal on reinforcement staff with the support of PP and Sumar and the abstention of the PSOE, the party also warned that the province of Cadiz had added 100 employees while in Galicia they were still awaiting the hiring of another hundred workers from a previous plan.
As reported by VIVA CÁDIZ, the workers’ committees of Navantia Bay of Cadiz expressed their discontent with the BNG’s strategy, «which could generate a confrontation between the workers of the north and south that we do not want».