Strike action in Rotterdam ends for rail freight provider DB Schenker

29 April 2013 18:46  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Strike action involving rail freight provider DB Schenker has come to an end, following some successful ensuing negotiations between the company and the trade unions, according to a press release seen by ICIS late on 29 April.

The strike action, which started late on 22 April and affected rail freight deliveries in the Rotterdam area, had resulted from discussions about the new collective labour agreement.

However, following continued negotiations, DB Schenker Rail and the trades unions FNV Spoor and CNV Vakmensen reached an agreement and the industrial action was suspended with immediate effect, according to a company statement issued on 27 April.

The rail provider said that measures have been taken to deal with the backlogs, but there is still the possibility of delays and cancellation of trains over the next few days, according to the company statement on 27 April.

Since then, "the situation is almost normal right now", said a DB Schenker press officer on 29 April.

In related news, LyondellBasell declared force majeure on its propylene oxide rail deliveries in the Rotterdam area, because of the strike action by its rail provider DB Schenker last week, according to correspondence seen by ICIS and market sources. A further update on the status of the FM was unavailable at the time of writing.

By: Heidi Finch
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