Strike Action at the Port of Rotterdam

 08 Jan 2016     Global Economy/Trade

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) have undertaken strike action at the Port of Rotterdam for 24 hours beginning January 7, into January 8, 2016.

Union members walked out of work and onto the picket line at 3.15pm local time after employers failed to meet demands over job guarantees once two new Maasvlakte terminals become fully operational in Rotterdam.

Both the APMT and the ECT terminals will be affected for a 24-hour period.

At a press conference FNV Havens secretary Niek Stam said: “Hundreds of jobs are being put risk because there just isn’t the industry growth in Rotterdam to sustain these new terminals as well as the existing ones; employers are trying to play musical chairs with our jobs.”

“Members are going to take action because they know that they have to stand up for their rights as hard working men and women.”

FNV Havens wants a guarantee of job security for all employees who had a permanent job on January 1, 2015, until at least 2022.

Representatives from BTB in Belgium, Ver.di in Germany and CGT in Le Havre, France have joined Dutch workers on the picket line.

Second Vice Chair of the ITF dockers’ section and Vice Chair of the ETF dockers’ section Torben Seebold said: “The decision to take strike action is not an easy one but after months of fruitless negotiation and on an issue this important, dockers here have been left with little choice. They have the support of transport workers around the world.” 

The strike action at Rotterdam is the first in 13 years at the port.