Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals will be hit a four-hour work stoppage from Wednesday 23rd January 12.30 hours CET
The one-shift strike follows the expiration, on Monday, 21st January of a union ultimatum. More industrial action will follow if RST does not move in the negotiations for a new general labour agreement (GLA), dockers’ trade union FNV Havens warned.
Negotiations for a new GLA for RST’s 250 blue collar staff have been going on since October 2018. The company’s final offer was rejected almost unanimously, a union spokesman commented. The new GLA is to have a two-year validity counting from January 2018.
Items contested, according to the union negotiator, include:
RST is Rotterdam’s market leader by far in intra-European container traffic with an estimated minimum of 1M TEU/year. Adhering to parent company Steinweg’s corporate policy, RST declined to talk to the press.
The situation is interesting in a Brexit context, since RST caters for shortsea lo-lo operators that have been stepping up their activities and promotion of their alternative to the Dover Straits accompanied trucking supply chain.