What's Behind the Wave of Port Strikes Across Europe?

September 6, 2022
Blog Title: What's Behind the Wave of Port Strikes Across Europe?
What's Behind the Wave of Port Strikes Across Europe?

Across Europe, workers at various sea ports have been on a continuous strike. What does this mean for ocean shippers? What about the workers themselves? This article covers the recent strikes across European ports, as well as the port congestion issues that have resulted from these global developments.

Recently, almost 2,000 sea port workers in London's Felixstowe went on strike, and the Port of Liverpool workers have announced a two-week strike for September. This has resulted in trade delays and port disruptions and, coupled with the industry’s early recovery from the pandemic, means that the industry will be set back an immeasurable amount if the demands of the laborers are not met.

These strikes are not only occurring in London, though. Across European countries, sea port workers are striking due to the rejection of pay increases in light of global records of inflation. With workers not being paid an equivalent amount as others due to inflation, they decided to strike.

The following ports have experienced the brunt of these strikes: Antwerp, Rotterdam, Felixstowe, Hamburg, and Bremerhaven. In these European ports, significant delays have been experienced, and congestion only continues to worsen.

The impact these strikes have made on various European ports depends on the ports themselves. The earlier mentioned ports have experienced different consequences:


Antwerp's trade unions made the decision to join the nationwide strike. This resulted in major pick-up and delivery delays at container terminals and depots, with several terminals having to temporarily close.


Workers at container terminals at the Rotterdam port have been experiencing potential job insecurity, in like of modernization projects. Because of this, the workers agreed to a 24-hour strike. This had led to significant delays, as with all the other ports.


This is the port where almost two thousand port workers walked out of their job over the rejection of their request for a 7% pay increase. Measures of European inflation put it at over 10%, which essentially means a loss of pay for the workers.


Port workers in Hamburg have gone through over six rounds of negotiation, none of which have been successful on all sides. Container and cargo vessels have been both stuck and delayed as the situation continues to play out.


The strike going on at Bremerhaven’s ports is the largest and longest strike it has seen in decades. Ocean freight has been forced to a full stop due to the strike, which happened over a collapse of union negotiations.

All of these strikes have meant severe congestion and massive potential delays. Especially with the holidays, and therefore the peak season, coming up, ocean shippers need to be aware of these changes, and any more developments that come from these situations.

Global trade has slowed to a crawl as these workers control the flow of cargo in and out of ports across the world. Being aware and informed of these events means that ocean shippers can better manage their cargo, schedules, and resulting income flow.

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