Northern European ports on alert as German dockworker strike to go ahead

Bremerhaven, Geramny - September 15, 2020: Maersk container ships at the EUROGATE Container Terminal

A third strike within a handful of weeks is set to take place in Germany following a collapse in negotiations between dockworkers and employers.

Some 12,000 workers in German seaports will go on strike from 6.00 AM local time on 14 July to 6.00 AM 16 July.

The 48-hour walkout would be the longest in more than 40 years, reports local media NDR.

The strike was confirmed after a collective bargaining dispute reached its sixth round of negotiations between union ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS).

Ver.di is demanding a one-year deal for a 14 per cent increase in pay, including a bonus to account for inflation – however employers are offering 12.5 per cent increases over a two year period.

Boxes are queuing up outside of German ports following previous disruption, with the latest strike action set to cause further backlogs.

Ports affected include Hamburg, Emden, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Brake and Wilhelmshaven.

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