Labour Beats Port Automation
California Governor Jerry Brown has dealt a blow to the automation industry while attempting to improve both environmental and labour conditions at ports, according to The Sacramento Bee.
New California rules hold that environmentally-friendly cargo handling equipment in ports must not be fully automated or remote controlled if it is to be subsidised.
Governor Brown has agreed to put the provision, a concession to powerful unions like the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), into legislation.
The legislation deals with how the state will use funds from an environmental taxation system intended to cut air emissions, Cap-and-Trade.
This includes US$1.5 billion in proceeds from the state’s Cap-and-Trade auctions, some of which had been set aside for electric vehicles.
Rebates of $2,500 for buyers of small electric cars are being used as incentives to help the state meet its goal of putting 1.5 million electric cars on the roads by 2025.
But California’s rebate of $2,500 for a smaller car is far less that the federal rebate of $7,500.
The Global Association of Automakers sent a letter to the Governor which said: “This provision creates an unpredictable standard that would be impossible to adhere to while creating uncertainty in an already challenging market.”