Battle for the Port of Hamburg: Powerful shipping kings are behind the port deal

One poster reads “Our Port, Not Your Casino,” while another reads “Mafia Shipping Company.” The slogan reflects the tense mood of HHLA employees who demonstrated in front of Hamburg City Hall a few days after the news came out of nowhere: MSC, the world’s largest container shipping company, wants to join the HHLA. The Port of Hamburg and Logistik AG are participating, and the Senate has already signed a binding agreement.

This upsets the port workers. Red and green smoke bombs are lit and firecrackers are heard throughout the city. One of the questions is why works councils and supervisory boards were not included in the negotiations. Workers also criticize crew working conditions and business strategy.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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