Category Archives: Labor Economics

China cancels crew change quarantine against Covid

It’s long been a problem for seafarers. Due to Covid restrictions on entering and leaving a country, they could not go home after their shift on the vessel nominally ended. They had to stay with the ship because of the covid restrictions.

In China, that’s ending now. The new rules allow seafarers to leave the ship and fly home. There won’t be a requirement for quarantine.

This is good news for seafarers.

Let’s hope continued progress can be made in working conditions for crews.

Katherine Si | Jan 09, 2023

China cancels crew change quarantine against Covid

BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing

This interesting article dissects the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) monthly report. Truck job growth might be slowing, but warehouse jobs are declining. Is that due to increased automation? Or is it due to fewer people wanting the jobs, when the economy has so many others?

One good thing in this article is a discussion of the seasonally adjusted number in comparison to the absolute number. Economists consider the seasonally adjusted number more important for forecasting and for deducing the economics of the situation. However, we do what to know the absolute number of reports.

The BLS reports are always of some interest, and this article captures the facts nicely.

John Kingston Friday, September 2, 2022

BLS data indicates truck transportation employment growth may be slowing – FreightWaves

Felixstowe dockers lose overtime and union threatens ‘action until Xmas’

The labor strike at the port of Felixstowe in the UK is growing more acrimonious. German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven are also seeing industrial actions. The current negotiations on the US West coast are also not seeing results yet. And there are impending strikes at Liverpool and the East Coast US looming.

I think there are going to be more of these strikes and actions for more pay and better benefits for port workers.

From the union perspective, when is a better time to strike? When congestion is a problem, when everyone is complaining about missed or late delivery, that is clearly the time to get management to cough up more wages and benefits. And the ocean carriers and port terminal operators are clearly making big money from the high freight rates for containers. some ocean lines have made over 100% profit this past year.

And it’s also true that the recent spate of inflation is making even substantial proposed raises seem paltry. Inflation at 10% makes a single-digit percent raise going backward for workers.

By Mike Wackett 24/08/2022

Felixstowe dockers lose overtime and union threatens ‘action until Xmas’ – The Loadstar