Press release

06 February, 2019

National Strike at Port of Antwerp expected on February 13

As a result of an appeal by the unions to hold a national strike on Wednesday, February 13, it is expected that activities in the port of Antwerp will come to a standstill. The actions are a result of aborted negotiations on wage increase restrictions in the private sector.

A broad follow-up of this call is expected by many private workers, while a contingent of civil servants will equally strike in solidarity with the private sector.

At this moment it seems that locks will not be operated. It is also expected that terminals will close. Flemish pilots are unlikely to take part in the actions, but vessel traffic on the Scheldt and in the port of Antwerp will be virtually paralysed during the duration of the actions.

The chance of a negotiated solution is extremely small. 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Patrick Van Huffelen
General Manager Belgium
E : Patrick.vanhuffelen@iss-shipping.com
T : +32 3 204 08 00
M :+32 475 43 19 62