According to the Verdi union, workers in German seaports should be much better paid due to inflation. But the negotiations have stalled.
According to the Verdi union, the third round of negotiations in the collective bargaining dispute over the salary of port workers ended unsuccessfully on Friday night after about ten hours of consultation.
The Central Association of German Seaport Enterprises (ZDS) has made a new offer, but this is “well below the real wage security required by ver.di due to the current price growth rate of 7.9%. and is unacceptable for workers, said Verdi-Negotiator Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth on Saturday.
According to Verdi, the ZDS offered around 12,000 port workers at 58 collective companies in Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Bremen an hourly wage increase of 90 cents and various lump sums. Overall, this would mean a sustained increase in revenue of 4.95 percent in container operations and 3.75 percent in conventional operations. Verdi, on the other hand, is demanding “real compensation for inflation”, which has yet to be specified in detail, as well as an hourly wage increase of 1.20 euros – which would mean a wage increase of up to 14 percent in individual cases.
That is why Verdi’s collective bargaining committee decided on Saturday in Hamburg, after several hours of deliberation, to seek another round of negotiations with employers. A new date for negotiations with the ŻDS should be agreed in the coming days. In addition, employees of the companies concerned should discuss the achieved status.
The third round of negotiations was preceded by the first dockers’ warning strike in decades. On Thursday, they stopped work during a late shift at the ports of Hamburg, Bremen, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Emden. The reloading of ships stopped for several hours – which additionally increased the already massive delays at the quay.
Dozens of ships are currently waiting for clearance in the German Gulf as container transport has lost track in the corona pandemic. According to calculations by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, ships with almost two percent of the global cargo capacity are currently stowed in the North Sea. They cannot be loaded or unloaded in Germany, the Netherlands or Belgium. (dpa)