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Unions Strike at Argentina Soy Ports

Workers demand vaccination against COVID-19

Cargo container ship port VIA PIXABAY feb 2021

Trade unions that are key to Argentina’s $20 billion-a-year crop export industry have gone on strike, the latest in a string of protests by workers demanding vaccination against COVID-19 as the South American nation grapples with a shortage vaccine, reports Bloomberg.

Skippers, engineers and seamen, who help berth and unberth vessels, and grain inspectors at ports and processing plants will strike this week, shipping agency Nabsa said in emails to clients.

The strikes follow a similar protest last month by marine pilots, who steer ships down the Parana River, causing congestion on Argentina’s soy waterway.

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