Deep sea fresh product fishing vessel. (Photo: Moscuzza)
Mar del Plata fishermen reach agreement and call off strike
Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 01:10 (GMT + 9)
After the Government of Mar del Plata acted as intermediary, the members of the Fishermen’s Maritime Union (Simape) reached an agreement with the Argentinean Chamber of Deep Sea Fishing Vessel Owners and the Chamber of the Argentinean Fishing Industry (Caipa) and decided to end the strike that lasted nearly four months.
The parties agreed on a wage raise of 22 per cent: non-remunerative 11 per cent up to April and 11 per cent up to July.
In addition, fresh product fishing deep sea vessel fishermen working from this port in the province of Buenos Aires will receive their basic wages corresponding to the last two months (June and July) and an adjustment of the bonuses.
Both parties signed the minutes separately, giving way to a ruling from the Ministry of Labour of the Nation, which has the support of the United Maritime Workers Union (SOMU).
According to the text Pescare had access to, "these changes will apply to all the sailing staff and petty officers performing their roles at deep sea fresh fish vessels that operate in the port of Mar del Plata," but Simape is not mentioned.
The conflict began on 1 April, when the various unions of the sector went on strike for a wage increase.
While the rest of the unions reached agreements in this regard, Simape could not reach an agreement with entrepreneurs.
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By Analia Murias