Ocean carriers are busy adjusting their networks in North Europe, after a two-day ‘warning strike’ by German port workers ended on Saturday.
Employers failed to get the third, and longest, warning strike stopped by the courts, but the courts did ban further industrial action until August 26, for further rounds of negotiations between the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) and the union, ver.di.
“During this period, no further industrial action will be taken by ver.di with the plaintiffs’ employees,” said the labour court ruling.
The cooling down period while wage talks continue appears to have been accepted by both sides, with ver.di’s chief negotiator, Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth, saying it was “time to return to the bargaining table” and that strikes were “always the last resort.”
Read more in an article from The Loadstar.