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Ports continue to run poorly, workers continue to strike

2022-06-15

                                           

 

Due to the breakdown of the negotiations, South Korean truck drivers continued their week-long strike. About 6,600 truck drivers joined the strike, causing the transportation of goods to be paralyzed in South Korea's major ports and industrial centers. At present, the South Korean military has cooperated with the Ministry of Transportation and sent personnel to drive collection trucks. To ensure container transportation.

 

According to Reuters, about 100 trucks are driven by the military to transport containers in and out of major ports. South Korean media said that if drivers agreed to return to work, the government promised to raise the demands of strikers in the legislative process. The main demand of the truck drivers' strike was to extend the minimum wage scheme that is due to expire in December, but according to media reports, the shipping industry is opposed to extending this plan. The South Korean government said the strike had already caused more than $1 billion in losses, and the daily container throughput of major ports such as the Port of Busan dropped sharply. There are already concerns that the strike will affect global supply chains.

 

                                             

 

The German Service Association, which represents German port workers, held labor negotiations with the German Central Seaport Association last Sunday. After the talks broke down, major shipping companies were preparing for further strikes by port workers. Ahead of the talks last Thursday, port workers at the ports of Hamburg, Europe's third-largest container port, and the ports of Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven held a warning strike to demand higher wages, which is the German Port workers are on strike for the first time in decades.

 

Negotiators for Germany's Central Seaports Association said the workers' strike was unfair to negotiations and warned that a wave of ship delays was expected at German ports in the coming weeks, further straining supply chains. According to Hapag-Lloyd, the yard utilization rate of the CTA terminal in the Port of Hamburg has reached 90%. Although the German Service Association and the German Central Seaport Association said that the date of the next round of negotiations will soon be determined, shipping companies are worried that the situation will continue to escalate. With the other two container hubs Rotterdam and Antwerp already in severe congestion, shipping companies are worried that if German port workers stage further strikes, other ports will be unable or unwilling to handle the transshipment of German imports.

 

 

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