Argentinian labor union plans blockades of terminals TRP and T7Jan, 20, 2019 Posted by datamarnews
Argentina’s labor union is getting involved in a dispute between Terminales Río de la Plata (TRP), which operates terminals 1-3, and one of its suppliers, Terminal 7. It is organizing blockades of both terminals TRP and T7 to prevent TRP from going ahead with its decision to stop working with T7, and thus causing all the workers at this terminal to be made redundant as of January 31.
This union action comes at a time when the government is planning to roll out a single terminal concession scheme, discarding the current system of having five terminal operators: TRP (owned by DP World and Argentina’s Alfredo Román) that operates Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at Puerto Nuevo, and Terminal 4 and HPH Terminal 5 (owned by APM Terminals). The last port strike in Argentina was just before last Christmas when the Mar del Plata Port Consortium authorities successfully negotiated blockades attempt by local dock workers.
UNIONS INTERVENE IN BUENOS AIRES DISPUTE
Union leader Hugo Moyano is attempting to scuttle a government plan to create a single container terminal concession at the Port of Buenos Aires as of 2020, replacing five existing concessions.
Mr Moyano has become involved in a dispute between Terminales Río de la Plata (TRP), which operates terminals 1-3, and one of its suppliers, Terminal 7. At the end of last year, TRP ceased working with T7, owing it around $68,000 for unpaid services up to October 2018 and leaving T7 liabilities of $677,000 linked to redundancy payments, since workers will be without jobs as of January 31, 2019 as T7 will be unable to sustain its current activities.
To prevent this, the port unions are organising blockades of both TRP and T7 in support of its members at a time when the central government is ramping up attempts to find a single concessionaire.
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