Durban port strike ends

Sep 23, 2004
Author: P&S

The strike by casual labourers employed by stevedore companies at the port of Durban was called off this morning (23 September) following extensive negotiations between members of the stevedore association, SA Port Operations and the striking labourers.

The unrest developed almost two weeks ago with casual labour at the SA Port Operations’ Maydon Wharf terminal making demands that included having a National Dock Labour Scheme (NDLS) reinstated.

The unrest later spread to most of the remaining terminals in the port including the busy Durban Container Terminal, with shipping companies issuing advisories that their vessels would be delayed.

“We had a good attendance of lashing gangs this morning and the terminal anticipates full attendance of hatchmen as from the afternoon shift,” said Joe Madlala, acting business unit manager for the Durban container terminal at midday today.

Tomorrow (Friday is a South African public holiday but most of the port will remaining at work as normal.

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