Argentina: Dock workers strike for higher wages

Argentine agro-export companies and grain dockers are still a long way from reaching a new pay agreement, a port administration spokesman said. The strikes continue and continue to affect orders from one of the world's leading exporters of agricultural commodities. The URGARA union, which represents inspectors who check grain quality before loading it onto ships, started surprise strikes last Monday to protest stalled wage negotiations. This affected deliveries in some key terminals in Puerto General San Martín, San Lorenzo, Quequén and Bahía Blanca. Argentina is the world's largest exporter of processed soybean meal and soybean oil and one of the largest sellers of soybeans. Grain is the country's most important export and an important source of much-needed foreign currency. "The dialogue with URGARA is open, but at the moment we are far from each other in our positions," a source from the Chamber of Private Commercial Ports (CPPC) told Reuters.The URGARA protest comes at a time when other unions, whose members provide agricultural services, are also calling for wage increases to offset high inflation. While the Argentine ports are less busy at this time of year, the vegetation in the country is in a crucial phase of development.

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