Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Strategy to get rid of the Dockers...

I have been asked to post this by Svein Lundeng & Dockers Hangarounds on behalf of the Norway Dockers

Strategy to get rid of the Dockers...
Oslo havn, Port of Convenience writes:
Secret strategy.
This is the secret, strategic document that NHO and Oslo Havn KF conspired to create. The purpose was to defeat the dockers in Oslo using all means possible.
-Joint strategy
It is agreed that we have to implement more strategies to run parallel if we are to reach our goal of a 24/7 operation and thus competitive and efficient terminals.

Strategy 1: Negotiation
Several negotiations have already taken place without having been thus far publicised. Based on previous experience, we don’t believe that a joint approach (negotiation) will lead to the desired outcome of a 24/7 operation. Nevertheless, we would like to take some action under the heading of this strategy.

a) Anne Sigrid Hamran (HAV) and Tom Rune Nilsen (NHO Logistics and Transport) to ask Terje Samuelsen for a meeting.
b) Oluf Mohn (Dampen) to continue his agreed strategy up to summer 2013, with the aim of negotiating a new Oslo CBA. Mohn will send out a proposal that will be presented to our counterparts in November.

Strategy 2: Influencing stakeholders and the community
A letter has been written that, in the most objective way possible, explains why the system of having registered dockworkers (and their right priority when it comes to work) makes it difficult to increase trade at sea. The letter will be sent, for example, to the LO and the Minister for Transport, amongst others. Tom Rune Nilsen (LTL) is writing a draft that will go to participants for review before it is sent out. The aim is to get as many stakeholders as possible to sign the letter to give it weight.
a) Anne Kristin Hjukse (HAV) is writing a proposal for an editorial based on the letter and will send it out to all participants. The aim is to get the editorial published in all the national newspapers.
b) Hjukse (HAV) will develop the proposal into a media strategy to build on the momentum that will hopefully grow if we get lots of stakeholders to sign the letter. The plan is to implement the strategy in new year, ahead of the NTP presentation.

Strategy 3: Obstruction- How can we block the dockworkers into submission?
a) Oslo Havn, with Anne Sigrid Hamran, is initiating a project to see how much of the work at the port can be automated going forward.
b) Oslo Havn can stop overtime for dockworkers to pressure them into a negotiated solution. This measure will be considered implemented at a later date.
c) Dampen can ensure less work for dockworkers (in the terminal at first) by varying the pricing of jobs. The workforce is already reduced by three men and another five will probably disappear in the future.
Strategy 4: Modernisation: How can we use operational restructuring in 2015 to make changes?
a) Kathrin Pedersen (HAV) is looking at whether future contracts with operators on Sjursøya can be formulated so that the obligation to give dockworkers the priority of work on the quay will not apply (in comparison to the dispute ruling that says that it is the use and not the ownership of the quay that defines whether or not it is public).
b) Thor Christian Hansteen (NHO) is preparing a note on the following theme: if the dockworkers are transferred to another operator, what needs to be done so that the new operator does not inherit the obligation of the dockers’ register and the right to the priority of work? What steps need to be taken before the actual transfer from one operator to another?

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Port of Oslo is declared a Port of Convenience (POC)
Norwegian Transport Workers’ Federation, published 16th Oct 2017
The Board of the ITF Coordinating Committee in Norway agreed unanimously today to declare the Port of Oslo a Port of Convenience (POC). Full powers to take such a decision was given to the Norwegian Coordinating Committee at an ITF meeting in Cape Town in June this year. At the time, the Norwegian unions asked that such a declaration was postponed until it had been discussed with the political authorities in Oslo.
The reason for the decision is based on the discovery of numerous cases of social dumping, disregard for seafarers’ collective bargaining agreements and a breach of ILO Convention 137 in the port. Despite having met with the port authorities in Oslo and Oslo Council several times, representatives from the Norwegian ITF Coordinating Committee say they have seen no change in practices in the port. The loading and unloading of ships is still being carried out by ships’ crew, often without agreement, ignoring the ‘cargo handling clause’ in seafarers’ collective bargaining agreements and without calling on registered dock workers, as per ILO Convention 137.
The Board of the ITF Coordinating Committee in Norway saw no other option than to declare the Port of Oslo a Port of Convenience. As a result, the Norwegian ITF unions are appealing for all ITF-affiliated organisations to make contact with their employer counterparts and ask them to stop using the Port of Oslo and/or implement all available national legal measures until the situation in Oslo port is resolved.

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