Rotterdam braces for strikes

Rotterdam braces for strikes

Rotterdam, home to Europe’s largest port, is bracing itself for strikes.

Yesterday, members of the dockworkers’ union FNV Havens voted in favour of taking strike action in the New Year at the Port of Rotterdam’s container operations.

The union said its members “almost unanimously” rejected a final offer from employers.

The dockworkers are fighting for their future as two new highly automated container terminals are set to begin operating. The union anticipates these new terminals will result in 800 job losses.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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