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Netherlands: Unions to fight Boskalis' dismissal of 20 crew members

Author: World Maritime News, Published on: 13 November 2017

'Unions to Fight Against Boskalis’ Fairmount Crew Replacement Plans' 13 Nov 2017

Dutch marine services and dredging company Boskalis is planning to lay off 20 crew members and replace them with a cheaper workforce, Dutch union Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw said.The Dutch workers are employed with Fairmount Marine, a subsidiary of Boskalis, and have been deployed on five separate vessels. The move was first announced in 2016 as part of Boskalis’ fleet rationalization plans, however, the decision was postponed following the action from the Dutch union. In the meantime, a review of Fairmount Marine’s operations was carried...in anticipation of an improvement in financial performance, which would have prevented the action, according to Boskalis.Nevertheless, the...board of directors has now decided to continue with the reorganization move, the union said. The International Transport Workers’ said it was... ready to support its Dutch affiliate Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw as it resists plans by Boskalis. “We are appalled to see Boskalis turn back the clock and recycle plans that were so effectively challenged last time around. The company’s profits – projected to reach EUR 150 million for 2017 – have been built with the help of its many crews...and it is scandalous to see crew members being threatened with job losses. [Refers to Fairmount Marine]

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