Strike cripples Gioia Tauro port as 442 workers set to be axed

Strike cripples Gioia Tauro port as 442 workers set to be axed

The container terminal at Gioia Tauro has effectively been put out of service by a strike as workers protest against the decision taken by the terminal operator Medcenter Container Terminal to axe 442 employees.

The decision from the company, a joint venture between Contship Italia and MSC, came after container throughput at Italy’s largest container transhipment port decreased 14% in 2015 to 2.5m teu, a trend which has continued into 2016.

Following an organisational review process undertaken earlier this year, Contship Italia announced new governance of the group. Franco Cupolo has been appointed managing director operations and sales while Sebastiano Grasso takes on the role of managing director business services.

Nicola Capuzzo

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