The announcement is viewed by Hamm4an, the Gothenburg chapter of the Swedish Dockers Union as “the final phase of the comprehensive cuts program announced by management at the turn of the year 2015/2016.” With it APM Terminals effectively ends the historical practice under the “Blixtsystem” where one fifth of the port-wide workforce came from a pool share across three terminals, designed to provide flexibility for peak periods. Peak staff for APM Terminals' facility will now be contracted from Adecco.
“The main work carried out at our container terminal will continue to be performed by our permanent staff. But this collaboration with Adecco enables us to increase reliability and flexibility during those times when we require extra staffing to handle our customer requests in a faster, more responsive, customized manner,” said APM Terminals Gothenburg Managing Director, Henrik Kristensen. “Like other service companies, daily work flows and customer requirements can change. In our business, we see weather conditions affecting ship schedules, last minute changes to supply chains or unplanned absences making it essential for us to be able to adjust the size of our workforce to keep pace with our customer requests. We believe this new option can translate into more customer success that will grow our business.”
APM Terminals noted that just over 300 people are currently employed temporarily on an hourly basis in the Blixtsystem, which is shared by APM Terminals, Logent Ports & Terminals AB and Gothenburg Ro/Ro Terminal AB. “All the Blixtsystem workers will be given the opportunity to apply for employment in Adecco’s staffing pool, which will also be open to new recruits. APM Terminals’ involvement in the Blixtsystem will cease at the end of the year,” the company stated.
Adecco Group will handle the recruiting and payroll of the temporary staff working at APM Terminals Gothenburg. “We are looking forward to supplying skilled personnel through our partnership with APM Terminals Gothenburg. We have now started recruiting new personnel, and our aim is to work closely with the company to build up an effective staffing solution for them,” says Niklas Evheden, Branch Manager at Adecco in Gothenburg.
Hamn4an has said it will be negotiating with Adecco with a view to seeing that dockworkers that have been laid off by APMT, as well as temporary personnel from the Blixtsystem, get preferential rights within the new arrangements.