MAERSK Container Industry and Trade Union Number 1 of MAERSK Container Industry
Lead NCPChile
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by the trade union of MAERSK Container Industry alleging that the company did not observe the Guidelines.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date27 Jun 2018
Host country(ies)Chile
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the Chile NCP’s final statement – 1 April 2019

On 27 June 2018, the Trade Union N°1 of MAERSK Container Industry submitted a specific instance alleging that the company, MAERSK Container Industry, did not observe the general principles, human rights, and employment and labour relations chapters of the Guidelines.

The trade union represents 500 workers of the company out of a total of approximately 1,200, and in its allegations, the specific instance predominantly references MAERSK’s decision to close its plant in the port city of San Antonio, which led to the dismissal of 1,200 workers.

On 20 November 2018, the Chile NCP issued its initial assessment in which it accepted the case and offered its good offices.

The company declined the NCP’s offer of good offices. Consequently, on 1 April 2019, the NCP published its final statement summarising the proceedings and recommending the company:

1.)    Evaluate the enterprise’s procedures and policies related to decisions that have significant impacts on the livelihood of its workers, such as the closure of a plant leading to a collective dismissal.

2.)    Evaluate the implementation of improvements in the consultation and cooperation procedures between the enterprise and its employees, especially on issues that create changes or have relevant impacts on the employees’ functions and their livelihood.