Standoff between striking workers and security at Ain Sokhna Port continues

Ahram Online, Wednesday 30 Apr 2014

The strike at Ain Sohkna Port entered its fourth day Wednesday as talks with the government and Dubai World reach a dead end

Ain Sokhna Port
Ain Sokhna Port (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Tensions have increased at Ain Sokhna Port where around 950 workers on strike since Sunday clashed Monday and Tuesday with security forces, several media outlets reported. 
Workers at the site told Ahram Online that around 250 workers are still inside the port while the others are protesting outside the gate as security forces are blocking entry. 
"We are not able to enter the port or hand food and medicine to our colleagues inside," Hani Saiid, a worker, told Ahram Online by phone.
Workers are demanding employment contracts with the Dubai-based DP World, which manages the port, instead of subcontractors.
An agreement between the workers, representatives of the presidency, the Armed Forces, Suez governorate and the Ministry of Manpower was signed last year stipulating the creation of a company managed by the Ministry of Transport to recruit them.
However, workers were surprised to find out that the company would hire a new subcontractor.
"We do not have permanent contracts or social insurance," complained Saiid.
On Monday, General Hassan Falah, head of the Red Sea Ports Authority, moved General Salah Howash, general manager of the port, to administrative work and named a new manager.
Around 1,000 other workers at the port are directly hired by Dubai World.
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