ECT in Rotterdam is seeking 100 new operational staff in view of "current and anticipated volumes." This is the first time in 10 years the Hutchison Ports’ affiliate has been a labour hirer
The announcement comes just over 18 months after a Rotterdam container sector-wide master agreement was struck to stave off compulsory dismissals through June 2020, as was then feared from the arrival of the automated container terminals at Maasvlakte II.
ECT stated that it aims to go along fully with its customers’ expectations, including the ongoing rise of ship sizes and call sizes and the related productivity increases required. The additional 100 staff will be employed at the Delta terminals and at Euromax on Maasvlakte I. (Euromax has an option to expand into Maasvlakte II).
The workers are being recruited "not just to increase the terminals’ capacity structurally, but also to absorb the effects of the upgrading programme at the Delta Peninsula facilities," the statement added. ECT also announced that it will hire 75 extra temporary workers during the summer holiday season.
“We were forced to maintain a cautious policy in the past few years on account of the cargo losses that were anticipated from the arrival of the two automated Maasvlakte II terminals,” Said ECT’s CEO Leo Ruijs.
“This has put pressure on our organisation, both internally and from the outside. By hiring new staff, we are communicating our confidence in our customers, in market developments and in ourselves. We’re once again building our future.”
ECT declined to disclose its current payroll, or comment on the suggestion that the recruiting is at least in part necessary to compensate for dockers that left ECT voluntarily in view of the anticipated job losses.