Algeria, May 15, 2019

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Mostaganem port workers end 18-day strike

Mostaganem, Algeria (PortSEurope) May 14, 2019 – The workers of the port of Mostaganem resumed work on May 13, after a strike which lasted 18 days.

This resumption of activities comes after an agreement between representatives of the workers and the interim management of the port company, concluded Sunday evening with a mediation of the labour inspection. This agreement puts an end to the protest that paralysed the port since April 25 and allowed the reopening of the headquarters of the port, closed for two weeks.

The two parties also agreed to “hold a general assembly of workers as soon as possible to renew the union section of the company and start negotiations around the various professional points claimed during the protest movement”. The CEO of the port, Nacredine Sebbane, pointed out that the unloading operation of the three ships, blocked at the port because of the strike, has resumed pending the entry of three other ships in the coming days.

The protest movement was launched inside the port of Mostaganem on April 25 before turning into an 18-day strike with a total closure of the headquarters of the port’s company. The workers claimed a 20% wage increase with a retroactive effect of January 2018, the integration and tenure of the dismissed and contract workers before demanding the departure of the CEO and senior executives of the company.

This strike caused losses to the company, estimated at €7.6 million ($63,600/€56,700) per day. Fourteen ships awaiting access to the port were directed to the ports of Tenes, Arzew, Oran and Ghazaouet. The strike also caused the provisional closure of the ferry terminal as well as the transfer of the maritime passenger line between the port of Mostaganem and Valencia to the port of Oran.

The port is operated by Entreprise Portuaire de Mostaganem.

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