Strike cripples Kuwait’s ports

Dubai: Despite claims by the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) that operations are normal at its ports, a strike by the customs union over the past three days has seen many ships backing up just offshore, GulfShip News has learnt.

Most ships trying to call in the Middle East nation have been thwarted in the past three days, local sources say, as customs officials went on strike at ports including Shuwaikh, Shuaiba, and Mina Al-Ahmadi.

The customs union pledged to continue the strike for as long as it takes to get is pay demands met. As well as pay increase, the state employees are seeking better working conditions.

“Any commercial shipment, coming via air, land or sea has been suspended… the strike will continue until our demands are met,” Ahmed al-Enezi, the head of Kuwait’s customs union told Reuters.

Many different sectors of Kuwait’s public sector have been going on strike this year.  

The KPA yesterday issued a release trying to claim that operations at its ports were normal, something shipping sources on the ground have since disproved. [13/10/14]

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