Sokhna stand-off hits DP World operations

17 Oct 2012
More strife at Sokhna Photo: DP World

More strife at Sokhna Photo: DP World

There is trouble and strife at Sokhna port again – reports in the media this week suggest that labour strikes have brought operations to a standstill, and a counter protest over the strikes hasn't helped matters either.

The Daily News Egypt reported that a counter protest has been launched against the ongoing closure of the port by more than 2,700 port workers currently striking at the Ain al-Sokhna terminal, which is operated by DP World. The strikers are said to be calling for the reinstatement of eight co-workers who were fired for disciplinary reasons.

The 200 or so counter protestors are said to include representatives from DP World, six international shipping lines and various contractors and personnel at the port. They are said to have staged the protest because they believe that the strikes are threatening the livelihood of all workers at the port.

Without commenting on their workers alleged involvement in the strike stand-off, a DP World Spokesperson told Port Strategy: “Labour issues have caused a significant slowdown in operations, impacting both customers and the Egyptian economy. We are working to resolve the issues appropriately as soon as possible. We remain committed to Egypt over the long term.”

The worry is though that while the strife continues at the terminal, which is one of Cairo’s main gateways for imports from the Far East, Egypt will miss out on trade which could be re-routed to neighbouring Jordan and Israel.

This isn’t the first time this year that DP World has suffered strikes at Sokhna. Back in February, The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) procured a victory over the port and DP World following strikes over pay.

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