German union calls for strike in Wilhelmshaven

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Ver.di union has called a strike at Jade Weser Port to pressure employers ahead of upcoming labour negotiations with the ZDS on July 11-12.

German union calls for strike in Wilhelmshaven
Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven

The German trade union ver.di has called employees at Jade Weser Port in Wilhelmshaven to strike today. It is unclear how many participated.

The call aims to increase the pressure on employers before the fourth round of collective labour agreement negotiations between ver.di and the Central Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS), which is scheduled for July 11 and 12 in Bremen.

The union stated that the strike at the Wilhelmshaven container terminal aims to emphasize to employers the importance of their demands, highlighting that the current offer is unacceptable, particularly regarding wage increases.

Ver.di proposes a ā‚¬3 per hour wage increase and a similar rise in the shift allowance starting June 1, 2024, within a twelve-month agreement. This would result in a 14.6% increase for the lowest wage group and 9.7% for the highest. Employers, however, are offering a 2.4% wage increase.

The collective labour agreement affects approximately 11,000 employees.

Previous deadlocks in negotiations have already sparked strikes in Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Brake, and Emden earlier this month.

In 2022, an agreement was reached after ten rounds of talks, which were also marked by strikes.

Source: Nieuwsblad Transport