Deal soothes union fears of Rotterdam port automation

Regarding Bruce Barnad on joc.com. the Rotterdam port authority, terminal operators and trade unions have reached an agreement on job security for dockworkers in the container sector, lifting the threat of further strikes.

The unions will prescribe the arrangement to their individuals who organized a few full scale 24-hour strikes prior in the year to dissent debilitated occupation misfortunes because of increasing automation of terminals in Europe’s biggest container port.

 

 

 

 

The FNV Havens and CNV unions asserted up to 800 of the 3,700 jobs in the sector of containers would be lost before the end of 2017 as an aftereffect of computerization, which is happening at holder terminals in ports the world over. Automation is the most efficient means to handle mega-ships with with limits of up to 20,000 twenty-foot-proportional units and Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte II terminal is completely computerized.

 

Under the agreement, reached after 18 months of negotiations, all dockworkers who had full-time contracts on Jan. 1, 2015, will be guaranteed jobs until July 1, 2020.

 

The arrangement likewise enhances conditions for more seasoned laborers more than 60 who can work 60 percent of the full-time contract at 95 percent of the compensation and a 100 percent installment into their annuity plans on the condition that they resign at 65.

 

The 120 members of RPS, an employment agency for container terminals that is facing bankruptcy, will also get job security.

 

The port authority and the terminal operators have consented to share the estimated 20-million- to 30-million-euro ($22 million to $33 million) cost of the agreement.

 

The arrangement has been struck against a background of a 0.5 percent decrease in movement in 2015 to 12.2 million twenty-foot-proportional units and further falls in the initial six months of this current year.

 

“It is unprecedented that unions and companies have succeeded in coming to this agreement despite the market being under such pressure,” the port authority said.

 

Dockworkers will vote on the agreement in August. The terminals required in the agreement  are ECT, a unit of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Port Holdings, APM Terminals, the Maersk Group’s port unit and Rotterdam World Gateway, co-claimed by Dubai’s DP World and four holder lines — CMA CGM, APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL.

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