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.
Associate Member Inchcape Shipping Services has advised InterManager that it will continue to monitor the strike and will report any updates through its website – www.iss-shipping.com. Customers are invited to contact the company’s Belgian head office for further information at [email protected]