Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Swedish Business: The harbor conflict cost 4.5 billion

Hamnarbetarförbundet's division 4, also known as Hamnfyran, has sought to get a collective agreement or tripartite solution in the port of Gothenburg for a long time. However, the employer APM Terminals has not accepted the proposals which led to conflict in the port. 
In 2017, Hamn4an, among other things, has strike and blocked new employment and overtime work. The employer, in turn, carried out a so-called lockout, which meant that the port closed down for a total of 371 hours. 

"Has caused major damage" 

The Swedish Enterprise has given the company Damvad Analytics the task of calculating the conflict cost the business community. At a seminar on Tuesday, the figures were presented. 
– Since the 70's we have had two unions competing with each other at the ports of Sweden, but it is mainly in the port of Gothenburg, Sweden's largest, where it is noticeable, says Peter Jeppson, president of the Swedish business community, at the presentation of the report, and continues: 
– The conflict has led to great damage, but we have not known how much the damage was, so we have asked for this investigation. 
According to the report this amounts to 4.5 billion kronor, one third of the costs is due to increased logistics costs due to redirects of goods. The other three billion kronor are due to the delays of transport that the conflict meant. 
In addition to the costs of delays and redirects, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise has meant that carbon dioxide emissions increased by 70,000 tonnes – which amounts to SEK 80 million in socioeconomic costs. 

APM: "Has been exposed to the Hammerbetarförbundet" 

APM Terminals has not taken part in the report and can not therefore comment. 
– I may refer you to the Swedish Enterprise, who have made the report so far, says APM Communications Manager Annika Hilmersson. 
Does APM Terminals see that they have any responsibility for the costs of the harbor conflict? 
– APM Terminals has been exposed to the Hammer Workers' Union when they blocked new employees, fixed-term employees and extra persons, in our business for 153 days 2017. Our business is dependent on flexi flexibility since our customers can not always be on time. As an employer, we are in a moment's 22 situation, Hilmersson says and welcomes the government's inquiry into the right to strike. 

"They just want to limit the right to strike" 

The president of the Harbor Employers, Eskil Rönér, claims that the costs are mainly due to the employer's own lockout. 19659002] – We strike for eight hours, it was not the decisive cost that year. 
Do you see that you have any part in charge of the costs that the conflict led to? 
– We take responsibility for the consequences of our own combat actions, but not for the employer's lockout and the costs that it entailed, "said Rönér. 
In a press release, the trade union criticizes the report of law and believes that it is a part of the impact of the government restricting the right to strike. 
The Government's inquiry into a change of strike duty must be completed on May 30 and a final report will be presented June 20th. 
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