Casual workers have also threatened to walk out of the terminal Photo: APS - Port of Sines/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0
Worker unrest at the Portuguese Port of Sines continues to be a concern.
For three days in early May, the PSA-owned Terminal XXI box handling facility came to a complete standstill as the Union XXI port union hardened its stance towards employers.
According to the Portuguese shipping agents’ association Associação dos Agentes de Navegação de Portugal, the continued unrest is an aberration since Sines has, to date, been characterised by “a climate of social peace and progress”.
It said it deplores the present impasse between workers and management, pointing out that this is the best way to lose ground to Valencia, Algeciras and Tanger-Med.
Not only did salaried employees walk out of the terminal, but casual workers have also threatened to follow them.
This is despite the direct intervention of the Minister of Sea, who met both parties to try and find a resolution.
The trade union is also mooting a possible shutdown that could last as long as 4 October.