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After strike: Container handling continued at Eurogate

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Dockers go to a strike meeting. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa/archive image

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After the warning strike by port workers, operations resumed at the container terminals of the operator Eurogate on Friday. “It’s back to normal,” said a company spokesman in Bremen. Since the beginning of the morning shift, ships have been dispatched again. Eurogate operates large container handling operations in Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg on the German North Sea coast.

After the warning strike by port workers, operations resumed at the container terminals of the operator Eurogate on Friday. “It’s back to normal,” said a company spokesman in Bremen. Since the beginning of the morning shift, ships have been dispatched again. Eurogate operates large container handling operations in Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg on the German North Sea coast.

The 24 hour strike the port workers have completely shut down operations on the quayside since Thursday morning, the spokesman said. “The container gantries stood still at all terminals.” Some work was only done on land, i.e. when transporting containers in the terminal or handling trucks and freight trains.

Eurogate did not want to comment on economic losses due to the strike. With the customers was above the previously announced warning strike been spoken to, the spokesman said. Some shipping companies have rearranged their ships. Port capacities are currently just one problem among many in shipping. As a result of the corona pandemic, the ship schedules are confused.

With the warning strike, the Verdi trade union wanted to put pressure on the collective bargaining round for the 12,000 employees in 58 collectively agreed seaport companies in Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Bremen. Negotiations with the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) have not brought any agreement in four rounds. In Lower Saxony, the ports of Emden and Brake were also on strike.

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