Wage negotiations for German port workers postponed

Tuesday, disagreement between labor union and employers led to a temporary breakdown in the ongoing negotiations about wages for 12,000 German port workers. Negotiations may recommence Wednesday, according to media.

Havnen i Bremen. | Photo: Sina Schuldt/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

The fifth round of labor negotiations between German port workers gathered in labor union ver.di and their employers organized in Zentralverband der deutschen Seehafenbetriebe (ZDS) was postponed Tuesday after negotiations once again stranded following disagreement between the parties, according to German media NDR.

Ver.di represents 12,000 port workers, who for the last weeks have challenged container carriers and major German ports in the negotiations – most recently on June 21 when they organized a 24-hour warning strike, which, among other places, paralyzed labor in ports in Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Bremen and Wilhelmshaven.

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