Port Automation, Technology & Labour Relations-Professor Raquel Varela

Port Automation, Technology & Labour Relations-Professor Raquel Varela
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Professor Raquel Varela - Historian and expert in port automation, Institute of Contemporary History, Lisbon New University , Portugal. She made this report at an MUA Queensland global labour conference in 2017

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Rachel Varela who is a history professor and researcher at IISH, UFF, UNL in Lisbon, Portugal discusses the attacks on dockers, shipyard workers, technology and imperialism on 7/17/17 in San Francisco.
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AUTOMATION IN PORTS AND LABOUR RELATIONS IN XXI CENTURY-Raquel Varela International Dock Workers Council Miami Meeting SEP 2016
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Posted on July 20, 2017
By Raquel Varela, labour historian IISH, UFF, UNL) , Henrique Silveira, mathematician (IST)
Abstract. In this part of the work we analyse mathematically the costs and benefits of automation in ports. In particular we analyse automation in cranes and its implications to labour, unemployment, and net nancial benets and losses for the operators. We studied the concept of eciency viewed by operators and by port clients. We concluded that automation is in general not protable for the operators. We discussed brie y the losses for the public of the automation process, measured in net loss of taxes collected by the states and by unemployment subsidies conceded to discharged dockers. Finally we discussed the losses in GNP generated by the processes of automation. This is a general study using averages to generate general results applicable to almost all cases, we had to make general simplifying assumptions always trying to minimize possible errors. Particular studies can be rened with actual data
from each local port and social and legislative data for each particular country.
In the second part of this work in the rst section we relate the analysis of precarious work to the state, in particular, as a direct participant functioning as both employer and mediator. In the second section we present a short overview of the evolution of casualization in the context of employment and unemployment in contemporary Portugal (1974-2014). In the third section we discuss state policies on labour relations, particularly in the context of the welfare state. Finally, we compare this present analysis with Swedish research done from the perspective of the state as a direct participant and mediator
over the past four decades.
Full study in pdf