Dock Labour Systems in North-West European Seaports: How to Meet Stringent Market Requirements?

This paper aims at providing a deeper understanding of the dynamics behind port labour in North-West European ports. In the first section the authors introduce a conceptual framework on dock labour systems and arrangements following a market-driven perspective. The conceptual framework highlights that the requirements of the market players come down to a maximization of the performance of dock workers (with an optimization of the direct costs of port work as a prerequisite) and a minimization of the indirect costs of port labour. This internal organization of dock work takes place within a wider setting of legal and social conditions. The paper continues by analyzing characteristics of and key issues in dock labour systems in North-West European ports. The authors particularly identify elements of convergence and divergence among the dock labour arrangements in the ports considered and in the way the social partners concerned try to provide an adequate answer to the changing market environment.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 365-383
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2012: Transport Logistics for Sustainable Growth at a New Level

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  • Accession Number: 01484908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677578
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2013 8:17PM