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Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals stoppage

Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals will be hit a four-hour work stoppage from Wednesday 23rd January 12.30 hours CET

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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:

  • Agreements to improve safety
  • A pay rise on top of the automatic price (inflation) correction
  • Additional agreements on temporary contracts and a better redundancy scheme


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.

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