Monday, January 4, 2010

Freight And Container Shipping Under Threat From Strike Actions

Container Shipments in Le Havre Hit by 24 Hour Strike Whilst Indian Government Negotiate with Unions
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE / INDIA – France’s biggest container port, Le Havre, has seen shipments grind to a halt due to a 24-hour strike by dockers.

According to the CGT union the strike is being participated in by all of the port’s 1,800 freight workers in protest to reforms that are being implemented to improve on the economic efficiency.

The strike is only affecting container services and is not expected to interfere with ferry services or oil shipments.

A spokesperson for the port of Le Havre confirmed to Handy Shipping Guide that operations would be fully resumed at 6 AM tomorrow. However, it seems likely that other strikes will follow in this long running dispute.

Meanwhile the Indian Minister of State for Shipping confirmed that a meeting was taking place today in a bid to resolve the wage revision dispute which is threatening to paralyse twelve of the subcontinents major ports.

The All India Port and Dock Workers Federation is threatening an indefinite stoppage until the matter is resolved.

A similar meeting in March 2009 was successful in deferring similar action at that time but the dispute has rumbled on, already having been postponed in November and December.

Over 60,000 staff could be affected by the strike which is exacerbated by the numerous other unions who represent workers in the industry.