A go slow strike by 9,000 local dock workers continued amid efforts by port authorities and union officials to reach a settlement.
A go slow strike by 9,000 local dock workers continued amid efforts by port authorities and union officials to reach a settlement. The port authority said it has empowered employers to sack striking dock workers from november 10th, and to seek assistance from the naval command to ensure freedom of work at the docks.
At the same time union sources said unofficial talks were under way at the labour ministry to end the strike through a 25 pct wage increase effective from november 1st and they expected the strike to end shortly, but dock workers are still on the go slow strike in spite of the warehouse fire.
The strike started at the end of October to protest over a new work regulation designed to increase efficiency and which allegedly cut dock workers wages. Activity at the port, which handles the bulk of argentine foreign trade has been cut by two thirds. There are 25 vessels operating here and some have had to sail off half loaded, with overall daily losses estimated in the hundreds of thousand of dollars.
It has not yet been clarified how the fire started, but there suspicions it might have been provoked.