Shipping is Slowed Down even more as German Dock Workers continue another Wave of Strikes
Just as the Covid effects on shipping were seemingly easing, German dock workers are striking at three major ports with more to come...
German dock workers working at the North Sea ports went on strike today in the latest occurrence of several walkouts that have added pressures on shipping as their union demands continue including higher pay, better working conditions, and more. The strike is set to end tomorrow morning and will last nearly 48 hours. It has been massively effective in pausing the handling of cargo at major ports such as Hamburg, Wilhelmshaven, and Bremerhaven. This specific strike follows a day-long walkout in June and a previous shift warning strike.
There will be no further strikes until late August due to. adeal reached at the labor court in Hamburg this week. The two sides are set to choose three further dates for negotiations up to August 26th. Bids by employees for injunctions halting this weeks strike has been rejected by courts in several cities.
Within the time frame of the events, seven rounds of negotiations have been held and have yielded no results. The ver.di union has been calling for a deal that would last a year which includes a 1.20 euro raise/hr. for nearly 12,000 employees in Lower Saxony, Bremen, and Hamburg. The push for a raise also includes a 7.4% increase to balance out the inflation hammering the dock workers.
As Covid restrictions have blocked up and caused disruptions within the shipping operations globally, this dispute just adds more struggles.