Sokhna strike strife for DP World

14 Feb 2012
Strife for Egypt’s only private port. Photo: DP World Sokhna

Strife for Egypt’s only private port. Photo: DP World Sokhna

Port workers at Egypt’s Sokhna’s Port began planned general strikes at the weekend, with the promise of strife for operator DP World.

And yesterday, the strikes entered the second day amidst reports that offers on the table made by the port have been rejected by workers.

The workers are protesting over unjust financial compensation from the port administration – they want a greater share of profits and better risk allowances.

Ain Sokhna Port is one of Egypt’s main Red Sea ports and the country’s only private port - it is strategically located at the southern entrance of the Suez Canal.

Just how much disruption is being caused by the strikes is still unclear – although the port is reportedly still receiving container ships.

A spokesperson from DP World said to Port Strategy: “Our primary concern is the safety of our people. While we do not anticipate much disruption to our business, we hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible and swiftly resume normal operations.”

Last September, labour strikes shut the port down completely which cost operator DP World roughly around $5 million in lost revenue.

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