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APM Terminals Gothenburg initiates lockout action

The ongoing conflict between Swedish Dockworkers Union and APM Terminals is limiting capacity, causing Maersk Line subsidiary Seago Line to initiate highly restricted acceptance export bookings, said the ocean carrier.

   Port terminal operator APM Terminals will initiate a partial lockout of dockworkers at its facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, effective May 19 through June 30, the company said in a statement.
   The so-called “mirror” lockout is a consequence of a conflict between the Swedish Dockworkers Union (SDU) local chapter Hamnarbetarförbundets Avdelning 4 and APM Terminals, according to Seago Line, which like APMT is a subsidiary of Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk.
   As a result, APM Terminals Gothenburg will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but closed for evening and night shifts on working days. Standard operating hours will apply on weekends. APMT noted services during this time will be limited even during working hours.
   For SDU members, this means dockworkers scheduled to work evening shifts would be shut out of the port at 4 p.m., one hour after the usual start of the evening shifts, according to a statement from the union. Once locked out, workers will receive no further pay for the rest of the shift.
   According to the SDU local chapter Hamnarbetarförbundets Avdelning 4’s website, workers with container terminal employment contracts work day and evening shifts with, on average, 40 dockworkers per evening week night shifts.
   “Thus, APM Terminals announcement that it will shut down all operations 15 hours per weekday means that the vast majority of the SDU’s members will be locked out and have their salaries cut by half during the whole period,” said the chapter.
   Seago Line said it has been impacted by limited capacity at Gothenburg since before the mirror lockout and has therefore decided “to implement highly restricted acceptance of Seago Line export bookings from Gothenburg port.”
   In an update on the conflict issued by APM Terminals on Friday, the terminal operator said, “Last week SDU cancelled their planned strikes and overtime blockade to sit down in a meeting with APM Terminals together with Jordi Aragunde president of IDC [International Dockworkers Council].
   “Unfortunately, SDU and IDC came to the meeting with other expectations and demanded that a new agreement would be signed on the spot. An agreement that would collide with, and go beyond, the CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement] we, and all Swedish ports, have with the Swedish Transportation Union,” APMT said. “Our invitation to continue the discussion together with the National Swedish Mediation Institute and all other necessary stakeholders were declined by SDU.”
   Hamnarbetarförbundets Avdelning 4 has since responded, acknowledging the terminal operator’s legal right to take industrial action and initiate a lockout but saying that it “expects the APMT management to take responsibility for it’s own actions as it now drastically escalates the dispute.”
   
APM Terminals Gothenburg’s CEO Henrik Kristensen said he hopes to reach an agreement with the SDU before the lockout is launched, according to the union chapter.