Gothenburg Port Strike Called Off

The Swedish Dockworkers’ Union on Friday cancelled a strike at Gothenburg planned to last through February 28th, according to information provided by the Journal of Commerce.

The decision came after the union and APM Terminals agreed to return to the negotiating table to settle year-long strife, says the joint statement.

The disagreement stems over APMT’s refusal to meet the dockers’ demand for a separate collective bargaining agreement from the one that is in force throughout Sweden.

The union has disrupted operations by blockading the port and instituting a ban on members performing overtime work, creating a backlog of containers and delays for shippers.

Gothenburg is a leading Nordic hub and handles 60 percent of Sweden’s container traffic, but unless it undertakes major investment in dredging so that more fully laden mega-ships can call at the port, its stature will diminish, according to a recent study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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