Internal restructuring
Västsverige; Västra Götalands län;
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.24 - Cargo handling

170 - 190 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 June 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2017
Foreseen end date


Danish logistics company APM Terminals has initiated employer-employee negotiations to cut 160 jobs in addition to previously announced 30 jobs in Gothenburg harbour. Redundancies are related to diminishing volumes of cargo due to the ongoing conflict between the company and the Swedish dock workers union (Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet). The conflict has been ongoing for one year and concerns union influence, working environment and working conditions. The Swedish dock workers union currently has an overtime blockade against APM Terminals and APM Terminals have established a lock-out against the union which has resulted in the harbour being closed during evening and night time during weekdays.

The union has expressed great concern regarding the possibility to uphold production due to the large amount of announced redundancies.

Around 85% of the workers at APM Terminals in Gothenburg are members of the Swedish dock workers union. Nonetheless, the collective agreement encompassing the workers at the terminal is an agreement between APM Terminals and the Swedish Transport Workers' union, which increases the complexity of the conflict.

Updated 15/08/2017: The concluded employer-employee negotiations landed at a total of 140 job reductions, out of which 70 will be direct dismissals and another 70 temporary employment contracts which will not be renewed. The temporary contracts will expire at the end of August 2017, while the dismissals will take effect between October 2017 and January 2018.


  • 20 June 2017: Dagens Nyheter
  • 20 June 2017: Svt News
  • 20 June 2017: Svenska Dagbladet
  • 15 August 2017: Göteborgs-Posten


Eurofound (2017), APM Terminals Gothenburg AB, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 91250, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91250.