This paper shows the first empirical results of an ongoing comparative research on the dynamics of change in the European port labour. Focusing on the port of Genoa, the article provides an analysis of the requirements of the key players along the global supply chains and the impact on the working dynamics, through the case of a terminal container managed by the group PSA International. Attention is paid to the main elements that have been characterizing the port labour transformation processes, as well as the fragmentation of the internal hierarchies in the labour force, the decentralization and the effects of the progressive increase of the labour rhythms. Through the empirical analysis, the aim is to illustrate the forms of port labour reorganization under the market pressure, namely the increase in labour flexibility, and the role of social institutions in the mediation of these processes.
Keywords: Port labour, terminal container, casualization, maritime-logistics chain