Dispute Resolution for Ain Sokhna Port

Source: Al Masry Al Youm 3/2/2013, Location: Africa

Workers at Ain Sokhna Port returned to work last week, bringing to an end a two-week strike that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the port’s operator, Dubai Ports World, related businesses and Egyptian authorities.

Labor leaders ended the strike after the government intervened in the dispute, which ultimately established a new company to hire the workers.

Dubai Ports World, an international giant in port operations and shipping, has run into intermittent conflicts with its workers at Ain Sokhna since the company was first contracted to run the port in 2010.

More than once, labor disputes led to the suspension of work in the strategic port for up to two weeks at a time.

But labor leaders say the most recent agreement, brokered by the government, is a quick fix remedy that won’t prevent future conflicts, and is demonstrative of the government’s tendency to submit to big businesses. They maintain that the DP World policy of subcontracting its labor is inherently unfair to workers..

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