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Rotterdam union: The war is not over yet

At union FNV Havens, chairman Niek Stam is pleased, but not happy, with the deal that ends the 18-month conflict in the Port of Rotterdam. The war is not over yet, he tells ShippingWatch, and this is a disappointment to APM Terminals Rotterdam CEO Pieter Hartog.

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Europe's biggest port, the Port of Rotterdam, is headed for more peaceful days after port workers, operators of container terminals and port authorities agreed on a deal which outlines the future for the many port workers who looked set to lose their jobs to automation.

The deal came after 18 months of conflict and now just needs the union members' final approval before it can come into force. At FNV Havens, the biggest union in Port of Rotterdam, chairman Niek Stam is pleased with the deal, which gives full-time employees a job guarantee until 2020.

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