Port of Rosario strike averted by new pay deal for dockworkers

Port of Rosario strike averted by new pay deal for dockworkers

San Francisco: A threatened dockworkers strike in the port of Rosario was averted at the eleventh hour on Tuesday as unions and export companies agreed a deal that included a hefty wage hike.

Rosario is Argentina’s grain export hub and strike action now would have hit at the worst possible time in the harvest and shipping season. Argentina is the world’s leading exporter of soymeal and soyoil and a major player in corn, too.

The new deal sees workers get a 31.5 per cent pay rise. Representatives of the CGT labour federation – which includes quality control inspectors as well as stevedores – maintained this was not an unreasonable hike because of the rampant cost-of-living inflation in the country.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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