Port automation will scrap 700 jobs: union

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A container ship arriving at the Rotterdam Port (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/AlfvanBeem). A container ship arriving at the Rotterdam Port (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/AlfvanBeem)

Unions FNV Havens and CNV Vakmensen are furious about an agreement made between the major transshipment companies and the Port of Rotterdam over container transport on Maasvlakte, AD reports. According to the unions, the extensive automation will threaten 700 jobs in the next two years.

According to the deal, container transport on the Maasvlakte will be carried out by unmanned vehicles in a few years' time. Employers and employees in the port of Rotterdam are discussing how to prevent mass layoffs today.

 

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