Monday, 5 August 2019

The port workers' union suits APM Terminals.



Sweden
The port workers' union suits APM Terminals.
Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet:


"The agreement was a victory for the Harbor Workers' Union, which for years fought for its own collective agreement. Now the union considers that the employer did not keep the agreement and takes the fight to the Labor Court".

- It is very serious. The agreement we signed meant a peace obligation for us, but we believe that APM Terminals has not complied with the agreement, says Peter Annerback, Chairman of the Harbor Workers' Association in Section 4 Gothenburg "
The article by Google Translate:
Harbor Workers' Union believes that the employer APM Terminals does not keep the collective agreement signed last spring. Now they are taking a fight in the Labor Court and suing the company.

The Harbor Workers' Union sues the employer APM Terminals in Gothenburg for violating the collective agreement. The agreement was signed in March after a long and prolonged conflict with the Ports of Sweden and blew off the strike notification.

The agreement was a victory for the Harbor Workers' Union, which for years fought for its own collective agreement. The union now considers that the employer has not kept the agreement and is taking the fight to the Labor Court.
- It is very serious. The agreement we signed meant a duty of peace for us, but we believe that APM Terminals has not complied with the agreement, says Peter Annerback, Chairman of the Port Workers' Association in department four in Gothenburg.


New working hours
The reason is schedule changes introduced during the spring and which, according to the trade union, are so extensive that they should have been negotiated locally according to current collective agreements.


- This kind of change means that people start shifting, working more nights and so on. It affects many people very negatively and it is an important part of our business as a trade union to be able to influence this, says Peter Annerback.

SEK 400,000
The lawsuit concerns two points where the trade union primarily demands the employer SEK 300,000 for breach of the port and stud agreement, and in the second place SEK 100,000 in damages for violating the Co-determination Act.

The agreement signed last spring was a similar agreement to that signed with the Transport Workers 'Union, and gave the Port Workers' Association several organizational rights. But according to Peter Annerback, the schedule changes have only been negotiated with the Transport Workers' Union.

- As we see it, you have two agreements so you have to follow the other agreement as well, says Peter Annerback.

APM Terminals responded in a written comment that they did not want to comment further on the lawsuit with reference to the fact that a legal process is now underway.




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