Strikes end at Sokhna

24 Feb 2012
It’s back to normal for Sokhna Photo: DP World Sokhna

It’s back to normal for Sokhna Photo: DP World Sokhna

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has announced a victory over Egypt’s Sokhna Port and operators DP World following the recent strikes over pay.

The strikes, which lasted for ten days, purportedly put the whole terminal out of operation according to ITF - although DP World refutes this and it appears that container ships were still in operation throughout the disruption.

Issues were finally resolved last weekend after talks involving the union, DP World, the governor of Suez city, the military representative and the head of the Red Sea Ports Authority.

During the talks, ITF reported that the Independent Union of Sokhna Port Workers won concessions on workforce involvement and profit sharing as it wanted.

DP World told Port Strategy: “We have resumed normal operations at Sokhna after resolving all outstanding issues with employees.”

The union’s port workers had originally called on DP World to implement an agreement to settle pay compensation claims back in October last year so things have been rumbling under the surface for a while now.

The strife at Sokhna is seen by some to mirror the wider political unrest in Egypt.

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