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Warning strike by dockers paralyzes the port of Bremerhaven

Warning strike in the port of Hamburg

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

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According to union information, a 24-hour warning strike by port workers has also paralyzed Germany’s second largest container port, Bremerhaven, in addition to Hamburg. “The port is standing still,” said Verdi Secretary Markus Westermann. The walkout began with the early shift on Thursday at 6 a.m. He expects 2,500 port workers from all three shifts to take part. Both container handling and the loading and unloading of car freighters were on strike.

A 24 hour one warning strike According to the union, the port workers paralyzed the second largest German container port, Bremerhaven, in addition to Hamburg. “The port is standing still,” said Verdi Secretary Markus Westermann. The walkout began with the early shift on Thursday at 6 a.m. He expects 2,500 port workers from all three shifts to take part. Both container handling and the loading and unloading of car freighters were on strike.

In the city of Bremen and the Lower Saxony ports of Brake, Wilhelmshaven and Emden, the workforce also almost completely stopped work. “The company is at a standstill,” said one earnings-Speaker in Wilhelmshaven. “The early shift completely pulled out of the factory gate and followed the call for a strike,” said Brake. Car freighters were not handled in Emden. In Bremen, around 90 employees went on strike in the Neustädter Hafen general cargo port.

Despite four rounds of negotiations, Verdi and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) have not been able to reach an agreement for the approximately 12,000 employees. The union demands add up to a surcharge of 14 percent. According to the information, the offer of the ZDS amounts to an increase of 11 percent.

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