Dock workers associated to Argentinean Port Workers' Union involved in a new conflict in Mar del Plata. (Photo: supa.org.ar)
Dockers’ strike affects dock operations
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
From this Wednesday at 7 am, the United Argentinean Port Workers’ Union (SUPA) determined a partial stoppage of dock workers in the port of Mar del Plata given the absence of responses to the request for retirement for about 200 workers.
According to Juan Carlos Ferreyra, SUPA secretary general, from Wednesday "the freezing process activity" is undergoing a stoppage. The leader told Pescare the fresh fish vessels are going to be unloaded, "but they will not be prepared to set sail."
On Tuesday morning about 250 dock workers took control of the premises of the Ministry of Labour of the Nation in the city of Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires province, to demand the regularization of over 200 retirement procedures of workers belonging to SUPA.
This conflict arises after the resumption of fisheries resource exports in national ports, which were temporarily cancelled by the Customs Department last week.
The measure had been set while the Federal Public Revenue (AFIP) was investigating a case of drug trafficking.
Ferreyra explained that the strike will contribute to the creation of an assembly -- scheduled to take place during Wednesday morning -- to assess whether the protest to claim pensions will continue.
"We have been discussing this issue for three years without reaching a solution," emphasized the leader.
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By Analia Murias