Rotterdam container companies have offered a job guarantee until July 1, 2020 to employees having employment contract for an indefinite period by January 1, 2015 and covered by a Collective Labour Agreement (CLA).
The decision followed the conclusion of consultations between the port authority, container operators and the trade unions FNV and CNV Vakmensen over job guarantees once two new Maasvlakte terminals become fully operational.
The trade unions are set to present the outcome of the negotiations to their members with favourable advice.
According to a statement by the port authority, due to the holiday period, it will take until the second half of August to complete the member consultations.
The container companies involved in the consultations are ECT, APM Terminals, RWG, Matrans, ILS and Unilash.
As a result of the consultations, the Port Senior Fit Scheme will be extended to employees aged 60 years.
According to the agreement, 120 employees of RPS, a firm performing agency work especially for container companies which is heading for bankruptcy, will be offered a customised solution.
The companies and the port authority also agreed on the measures’ financing, which involves approximately €23m (US$25.5m).
FNV previously claimed that it expected up to 800 people to lose their job due to expansion and automation plans at the port, especially once the highly-automated Maasvlakte 2 terminals become fully operational.