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Unions Warn of 1,000 Lost Stevedore Jobs from Automated Terminals in Rotterdam

(Gavin van Marle – The Loadstar)

Dockers’ unions have warned that introducing highly automated container terminals could lead to the loss of up to 1,000 stevedore jobs in Rotterdam.

The dockers’ section of Dutch FNV Bondgenoten has been running a series of models on the effect of container trade flows in Europe’s largest container port once new facilities at Maasvlakte II become operational, and said the results were “startling” in terms of how the technology could affect employment prospects for its members. Read more here.