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Hamnfack strejkvarslar – requires a private agreement

Hamnarbetarförbundet announces punktstrejker in, among other things, Sundsvall, Helsingborg, Gävle and Söderhamn. The strikes breaks out, January 23, and includes a few hours of work stoppages. If no breakthrough occurs, further notice will come.

" this is a first notice, warning strikes. The intention is to get back to the employer to the negotiating table with a more constructive attitude, " says Erik Helgeson, member of the Hamnarbetarförbundet to the TT.

is that about half of the country's port workers – those who are not with in the Swedish transport union – lacked the agreement for nearly five decades. It depends on the employer, Swedish Ports have already been a nationwide collective agreement with LO-the federation of Transport and do not want to have several collective agreements for the same contract area. The triggering factor for the conflict now is a change of employer policy regarding Hamnarbetarförbundet in april 2018.

– We have then in the spring have been excluded from all the negotiations, all information, all entertainment and all assigned security duties in the ports after their new policy, " says Erik Helgeson.

sitting in the negotiations in attempt to reach a collective agreement, but they have not been able to agree.

"We have been willing to negotiate further but Hamnarbetarförbundet has suspended the negotiations," says Joakim Ärlund vice president's head of negotiations, Sweden's Ports.

Hamnarbetarförbundet on his side, says that the employers rejected their proposal and that they therefore feel compelled to take industrial action. And starting now with a series of punktstrejker.

– does not Work, we will continue to escalate until the pressure becomes sufficiently large, " says Erik Helgeson.

Joakim Ärlund regret the decision.

– They have received an offer from us if a collective bargaining agreement that would give them influence over issues that they say are important to them, such as health and safety, and representation on the board, " he says.

descriptions of what it is that really has been on the table.

– They have made it clear that they do not need to agree with us in the local negotiation issues in the future either. We consider it not as a collective agreement. We must have a own right as a full party to the agreement, " says Erik Helgeson.

Read also: DN Debate: ”Dockers announces strike in several Swedish ports”

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