Hapag Lloyd gets its own European Works Council
The long established Hamburg shipping company Hapag Lloyd is getting its own EWC following the sale of the company by TUI AG. On the official sales date (so-called “closing”) which is expected at the end of January 2009, the existing shipping committee of the TUI Europe Forum will take over the task of the Hapag Lloyd European Works Council. The committee has represented the interests of European shipping employees within the TUI Group up to now. The shipping committee is also acting as a Special Negotiating Body with the aim of negotiating an EWC agreement for Hapag Lloyd. Employee representatives and company management agreed on this process shortly before the end of the year. Hapag Lloyd was sold to a Hamburg investment group by the TUI AG in a sensational bidding war. Hapag Lloyd works councils had strongly supported this “Hamburg Solution” with a series of actions. There was fear of mass redundancies if the company had been sold to the bidder from Singapore.
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