ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Industrial action has significantly disrupted operations at an Egyptian port run by DP World, a union representative and the operator said on Saturday.
Angered at the dismissal of eight of their colleagues, the Ain al-Sokhna port workers started their action three days ago with a partial strike which turned into a full strike on Saturday, said Ashraf Eissa, the union representative. “Loading and unloading in the port are at a total standstill,” he said.
The workers want their sacked colleagues reinstated.
In a statement, DP World in Dubai said: “Labour issues have caused a significant slowdown in operations, impacting both customers and the Egyptian economy. We are working to resolve the issues appropriately as soon as possible.”
Ain al-Sokhna, near the southern end of the Suez Canal, is Cairo’s main port for cargo from the Far East.
Labour action forced DP World to temporarily shut down the Ain al-Sokhna port in February. Labour unrest has become more frequent across the Egyptian economy since the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power last year.
DP World is the third largest port operator in the world.
Reporting by Yousri Mohamed in Ismailia and Amena Bakr in Dubai; Writing by Tom Perry