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Belgian port workers strike

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Inchape banner3Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that port workers in Belgium today, 24th November 2014, started a 24 hour strike which will end at midnight 00:00hrs.

The strike by port labourers has been called by three national unions, in protest over the erosion of index-linked pay rises and tax increases.

Currently the strike is having a major effect on shipping operations in the area with the ports of Zeebrugge, Ghent and Antwerp particularly affected. ISS Belgium has advised that there is a backlog of 65 ships waiting at anchorage to call the Port of Antwerp with a further 12 vessels waiting to depart.

It is anticipated that this current 24 hour strike will be followed by a national general strike on 15th December 2014.

ISS will continue to monitor the strike and will report any updates through their website – www.iss-shipping.com. Customers are invited to contact our Belgian head office for further information at  issanrops@iss-shipping.com

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