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Labour dispute resolved at Aqaba Container Terminal

Amman: A labour dispute at Jordan's Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) was resolved this week after the workers' union, encouraged by the General Trade Union for Port and Clearance Workers (GTU), ceased its industrial action.

The minority of employees who did take part in illegally entering the terminal and attempting to operate machinery will have their employment contracts terminated, a representative for APM Terminals, which runs ACT, told GulfShip News this week.

The dispute caused delays, cancelled vessel calls and a temporary halt in operations at the site, the spokesman said.

ACT will take a number of measures to compensate customers for the disruption in terminal operations, Vincent Flamant, chief commercial officer (CCO) at ACT, said in a statement published on the terminal’s website.

The terminal will not charge customers port storage fees on full containers imported during the period from December 1 to 9, when the industrial action took place, Flamant said.

ACT will grant an extra seven days’ free time on the export of both full and empty containers that had been due to be exported on a vessel that was forced to cancel its call at the terminal during this period. The cash on delivery (COD) or re-nomination charges will also be waived on these containers.

The affected export containers were later loaded on to the next scheduled vessel in the string, the CCO said. [12/12/14]



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