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Argentina Port Worker Strike Delays Grain Shipments

Port workers launched surprise strikes in Argentina, causing interruption to the loading of five cargo ships in various major grain ports of the South American country.

Port workers launched surprise strikes in Argentina, causing interruption to the loading of five cargo ships in various major grain ports of the South American country, a labor union said on Monday.

URGARA union spokesman Juan Carlos Peralta said that the workers would continue to conduct “surprise halts” as long as they deemed it necessary.

The unprecedented strikes came as the labor union expressed its dismay regarding the impeded wage talks, as government authorities set the expiration of a deadline for the negotiation between the exporting firms and the labor union.

URGARA is an alliance of inspectors who ensure the quality of the agricultural export sector’s grains before they get loaded onto ships to be sent out of the country.

The strikes mainly impacted the shipments of processed soy meal, soy oil and raw soybeans in the ports of Rosario – one of the leading exporter in the world – and Bahía Blanca.

“It is a strike in one of the richest sectors in Argentina. We have exhausted all avenues of dialogue,” said Peralta.

Peralta claimed that some of the workers who joined the strikes have launched work stoppages or refused to work overtime.

“We are going to continue [with the protest] for as long as we do not receive a serious proposal,” he added.

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