Striking port workers in Peru’s major sea port Callao have struck a deal to end their strike that has cost Peru over USD 100 million.
The dockworkers’ union SUTRAMPORPC has reached a deal with the APM Terminals that includes improved benefits and modifications for shift scheduling, Reuters reports.
The deal that allowed for a 4% raise among other benefits for the 650 dockworker employees, represented by ITF-affiliated SUTRAMPORPC was signed on Friday, June 5th.
The indefinite strike was launched on May 13th with the workers demanding improved collective working conditions.
The strike is also the result of AMP Terminals’ introduction of an electronic system of nomination of workers. Previously, the union was in charge of distributing tasks among its members. However, the efficiency of this system was brought to question as it lead to delays in loading and unloading of ships.
What is more, the system was also launched with the aim of uprooting potential drug trafficking at the port, according to APMT, having in mind that Peru is one of the top producers of cocaine.
The strike inflicted a huge blow to the already hurting exports in Peru which have been on a downward trend for some time now.
Just in April, Peruvian exports fell 27 percent, according to the data provided by Peru’s Association of Exporters (ADEX).
World Maritime News Staff; Image: SUTRAMPORPC