German ports to stop for second day – Economy & Volkswagen – News

German ports to stop for second day – Economy & Volkswagen – News

In a dispute over collective bargaining over the wages of port workers, the Verdi trade union wants to disable the handling of goods in all ports on the North Sea coast on Friday.

The union had called a warning strike that started on Thursday morning and wants to increase the pressure on the employers again after seven unsuccessful rounds. The walk is scheduled to end on Saturday morning. This is the third warning strike in a few weeks and the worst labor dispute at the port in more than four decades.

It affects all important ports on the North Sea – including Hamburg, Germany’s largest port, also Bremerhaven, Bremen, Emden, Wilhelmshaven and Brake. Verdi has announced a general meeting in Hamburg at noon. After the demonstration, the strikers want to gather in front of the party building near the train station and campaign for their wage demands. Several thousand workers are expected.

the situation continues to worsen

The strike at the port comes at a bad time for porters. Due to the corona virus, there has been great confusion in the international traffic of container ships and cargo for a long time. A new warning alert now throws processes at the quay edges even further out of step. This exacerbates the already tense situation with shipping congestion in the North Sea. Germany’s largest container shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, had already warned its customers on Wednesday that nothing would happen at container terminals for two days.

The General Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) calls the strike call “irresponsible”. While Verdi has always talked about warning strikes, ZDS says that the two-day strike “can no longer be called a warning strike”.

Verdi finds the version inadequate

Verdi has started with a package of demands which, according to its own statements, will mean a salary increase of up to 14 percent over a 12-month period, according to the salary group. After several reforms, the Central Association of German Maritime Companies (ZDS) recently put the “final offer” on the table, which puts it at an amount of up to 12.5 percent and for ordinary companies at 9.6 percent – albeit temporarily . of 24 months. Verdi considers the offer insufficient because in the second year of the term it transfers the risk of inflation to the shoulders of the workers on one hand. The last attempt at talks between the parties ended on Wednesday evening after more than eight hours without results.

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