Work began in Japanese ports on Thursday (13 July) to clear about two-million tons of goods piled up by a record 91-day seamen's strike.
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VARIOUS SHOTS OF WORK GOING ON AT PORT OF YOKOHAMA; SHIP AND TUGS IN HARBOUR.
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Background: Work began in Japanese ports on Thursday (13 July) to clear about two-million tons of goods piled up by a record 91-day seamen's strike.
The strike ended when the Japanese Seamen's Union signed a compromise agreement giving them an extra 13,800 yen (about 17 pounds Sterling) a month, plus allowances for family visits to ports of call in Japan.
The longest strike in Japanese labour history trapped nearly 1,000 vessels in various ports and cost shipowners 50,000 million yen (62.5 million Sterling).
Shipping officials say it will take six months for dock operations to return to normal.
SYNOPSIS: At Yokohama and other Japanese ports, work began on Thursday to clear about two-million tons of goods piled up because of a three-month seamen's strike.
The strike ended on Wednesday after union leaders and shipowners signed a new pay compromise. It gives the seaman an extra 17 pounds Sterling a month, plus allowances for family visits to Japanese ports of call.
It was the longest strike in Japanese labour history and trapped nearly 1,000 vessels in Japanese ports, costing shipowners more than 62 million pounds.
Some 20,000 cars were left waiting to be loaded for overseas markets as well as 5,000 goods containers. Japanese trading firms said the strike had resulted in many cancelled orders.
About half of the ships are expected to be at sea again within the next few days. But shipping officials say it will take six months before dock operations return to normal.