QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE HARBOR CONFLICT

onsdag 16 januari

Below you can read questions and answers about the current situation in the port conflict.

Q: What is the background to the conflict?

A: The Ports of Sweden has offered a collective agreement to the Swedish Dockworkers Union, but the Swedish Dockworkers Union has once again rejected it. Now the Dockworkers Union has instead given notice of industrial action.

Q: The Dockworkers Union believes that one of the reasons for the conflict is that they do not have any influence on questions about the work environment, is this true?

A: No, this is not true. The collective agreement offered by the Ports of Sweden gives the Dockworkers Union the same trade union rights as other trade unions have. This includes the right to appoint safety representatives, the possibility of union work during working hours and the right to participate in negotiations.

Q: What are the consequences of the conflict?

A: Conflicts at the ports affect society and the entire business community, since practically all export and import to and from Sweden go via the ports.

Q: What collective agreement is the Ports of Sweden offering?

A: The Ports of Sweden offers the Dockworkers Union the collective agreement that currently applies to all port work in Sweden, i.e. The Port and Stevedoring Agreement which the Ports of Sweden signs with the Swedish Transport Workers' Union. The agreement offered also contains a legal guarantee that the same terms of employment will apply to all dockworkers in Sweden. Such an agreement would give the Dockworkers Union the same trade union rights as other unions have, including the right to appoint safety representatives, the possibility of union work during working hours and the right to participate in negotiations.

Q: What are the demands of the Dockworkers Union?

A: The Dockworkers Union wants to sign a parallel collective agreement, identical in words with The Port and Stevedoring Agreement

The Dockworkers Union also requires the right to appoint safety representatives, the right to union work during working hours and the right to participate in negotiations etc.

Q: Why can’t the Ports of Sweden sign a parallel collective agreement for the Dockworkers Union?

A: The Ports of Sweden must safeguard stability for the “Swedish model” and therefore propose a collective agreement solution that ensures that the employment conditions remain the same for all dock workers in Sweden. The Dockworkers Union’s demands do not contain such guarantees, but instead risk putting member companies and the entire industry in an untested and unclear legal environment. Moreover, this is not in line with current labour market practice.

Q: Why can’t the Ports of Sweden offer the Dockworkers Union its own separate collective agreement?

A: There is already a collective agreement for all port workers in Sweden, the Port and Stevedoring Agreement, with the port workers largest union, The Transport Workers’ Union. The Ports of Sweden has instead proposed a solution to the Dockworkers Union that is in accordance with the Swedish model.

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