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Dockworkers mark international day with brief work stoppage

The Larnaca and Limassol port workers on Thursday staged a one-hour work stoppage to mark the Global Day of Action for Dockers, with the aim of raising awareness on the important contribution dockworkers make to the global economy.

Cypriot dockers joined their colleagues worldwide in the first global collective action, organised by the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), SEK union Limassol representative Yiannis Tsouris said.

The work stoppage took place between 7.30am and 8.30am. No problems were reported with regard to port operations.

Using the slogan ‘Defend Dockers Rights’, Tsouris said, port workers were sending a message that they would continue to fight for their rights and work conditions.

SEGDAMELIN PEO union’s Limassol representative Christos Christofi said the annual event highlights basic issues that concern dockers from all over the world such as improved health and safety in the workplace, an end to job deregulation, respect for bargaining rights and collective agreements, the need for universal labour standards, and concerns over automation processes in terminals.

The ITF and the IDC called on dockers everywhere “to observe a day that recognises the risks they face at work every day and their growing concerns for the future regarding attacks on their working conditions”.

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