Encouraging the workers to fight between each others or against poorer people is an age old distraction tactic in a crisis.
> “They have to hire extra men to work the cranes and don’t want to do it,” Tessier said. “There are a lot of things [terminal operators] could do but don’t do because it costs extra money. Shows how concerned they are about their customers.”
The truckers are hit because they are paid by deliveries and delays are causing time with no income or penalties. Capitalism says they should adjust, either negotiate better conditions or accept/go out of business...
Funny how unionized crane operators do not have this issue.
And that competing port can use all automated cranes so there are very few super highly paid union workers.
Longshoremen and stevedores unions would kill off an automated port in no time. You’d find that it needed more environmental review or something.
You might want to have a word with ECT terminal, The Harbour of Rotterdam and I guess the FNV labour union while you're at it?
(this is just one terminal at one of the world's largest and busiest ports. A quick google seems to indicate that the workers would be with FNV.)
TIL there's actually a newer terminal with even more automation at the same harbour:
And even more specifically, California.