APM Terminals (APMT) said the Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam has negotiated a collective labor agreement (CLA) with two Dutch unions, FNV and CNV, for the period of Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2017.
APMT said the agreement, which has been under negotiation since June 2013, "gives clarity to those employees currently working at the company’s Maasvlakte I facility who want to transfer to the new terminal being built, which opens Nov. 1, 2014. The new collective labor agreement matches new operating procedures, practices and functions at the new facility."
APMT said the terminal will "set new standards in safety, sustainability and productivity as one of the most advanced, automated container terminals in the world."
APMT said the new agreement offers salaries adjusted for inflation each year plus wage increases of 0.5 percent in 2015 and 1 percent in 2016. It also includes a 3,600 euro ($4,972) one-off payment over the period of the agreement.
"One of the key elements is 24/7 operations, which is crucial to meet customer demands for higher productivity," said APMT.
APM Terminals Maasvlakte II Managing Director Frank Tazelaar said, “The new CLA contains clear labor condition agreements for employees interested in transferring to our new facility. And for our customers, they know they will be able to access 24/7 operations at our terminal.”
APM Terminals has two terminals in Rotterdam: APM Terminals Maasvlakte I, which is currently operating, and the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II, which is being built. The new terminal has been in the testing phase since July 2013 for new computer systems and equipment, and it opens November 2014.