Mar del Plata terminal port. (Photo: puertomardelplata.net)
Dock workers call off strike in Mar del Plata
Tuesday, May 08, 2012, 00:50 (GMT + 9)
On Sunday, the Argentinean United Port Union (SUPA), which represents dock workers at the port of Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires province, agreed to call off the strike that had taken place for 11 days to express claims on pensions of about 200 workers.
Dock workers agreed with the Ministry of Labour's Office to suspend the strike during the next 90 days and unblock the port terminal so little by little the activity will be back to normal.
However, SUPA -- which had the support of the Federation of Argentinean Port Dock Workers (FEPA) - warned that the "alertness" status is kept, Pescare Website reported.
In order to normalize the activity as soon as possible, the unloading of 3,300 tonnes of fish accumulated in the holds of 40 vessels was resumed on Sunday 6 May.
The fishing company executives estimate that sorting out and transporting such goods (about 100,000 cases of fish) will take several days.
"A high percentage is lost, that is to say, it will be intended for fishmeal production," as asserted sources of the business sector.
The agreement was signed by SUPA secretary general, Juan Carlos Ferreyra, and an official from the Ministry of Labour, as the head -- Carlos Tomada --was not present at the meeting.
Furthermore, Fecooaport representatives and the Chamber of Business Services of Dock Work participated in the signature of the agreement under the mediation of the mayor of Mar del Plata, Gustavo Pulti; and a representative of Buenos Aires in the Federal Fisheries Council (CFP), Horacio Tettamanti.
The conflict was resolved when the parties agreed that the workers will be assisted in Mar del Plata agency of the National Social Security Administration (Anses) to fill in the data folders that are necessary to grant the pensions as soon as possible.
In this regard, Ferreyra explained that "they will examine the various proposals to collect the funds that are necessary to pay pensions."
"Apart from the Ministry of Labour, the municipal government, the Port Consortium, the chambers of commerce, the province of Buenos Aires and the union would participate in the collection of that fund," added Ferreyra, as it was reported by DyN agency.
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