Fight for more wages – warning strike paralyzes several German seaports


Fight for more wages – warning strike paralyzes several German seaports

In Germany, workers at several seaports increased pressure on employers with a new warning strike at the start of the third round of collective bargaining. In Hamburg alone, they largely stopped port and container transshipment from 5 a.m. on Monday morning (photo above).

“The port of Hamburg is at rest,” says a spokesperson for the Verdi trade union. The same applies to the ports of Brake and Emden in Lower Saxony, as well as to the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven. It is said that the major container terminals are not handling ships.

The warning attack should last a maximum of 48 hours
According to the union, the warning strike should last between 24 and 48 hours, depending on the location, in parallel with the third round of negotiations on Monday and Tuesday.

Verdi demands, among other things, an increase in the hourly wage of three euros with retroactive effect to June 1 and a corresponding increase in shift allowances for employees if the collective labor agreement runs for twelve months.

The Central Association of German Seaport Companies has so far offered a 2.5 percent wage increase, or at least 60 cents more per hour, from June 1. Shift allowances must therefore increase by 24 cents to 2.50 euros.

Source: Krone


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