San Francisco: With the dockers’ strike at Callao port in Peru into its second week the propaganda war is getting hot.
Management has steadfastly claimed that the worker action is having minimal impact on what is Peru’s major port.
But on Wednesday the union side countered with claims that the replacement workers brought in to replace the strikers were having a detrimental effect on container operations with trucks allegedly forming long lines outside the port as they wait to collect their loads.
The labour action began on 13 May, when about 700 downed tools in protest at a new electronic rostering system being brought in by terminal managers APMT. The union prefers the old paper-based system which management claim was a system open to abuse by the union.
APMT’s spokesman on Wednesday maintained the company line that it’s “business as usual” for port operations.