Dockers sign up at the city council: “Hands off the … (Antwerp)



The Major law is under pressure and the Antwerp dock workers are making themselves heard. On Monday evening, some thirty came to the Antwerp city council to argue for its preservation. The European Union wants to change the status of dockers.

The Major law ensures that seagoing vessels in Belgian ports may only be unloaded and loaded by recognized dock workers. The European Union wants to change that. And that causes unrest. PVDA party leader Peter Mertens presented a motion to the city council on Monday evening that should support the law. “Because its dismantling opens the doors to social dumping,” says Mertens.

Before the start of the city council, he whipped up the workers present with a fiery speech. And that resulted in dockers chanting their now well-known slogan: “Hands off the law-Major.” Due to the corona measures, not all dock workers could follow the session. So a part remained outside where the chanting continued loudly. And that was also clearly audible up to the council chamber. The motion will be put to the vote later in the evening.

Harbor ships Annick De Ridder (N-VA) also says she is worried. “When there is a European decision – in whatever direction – I will ask the authorities involved to sit down and work out a solution in respect. And that together with the dock workers, not against them. ” (jas)

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