Another strike at Argentine ports underway as Covid-19 spreads
Argentine port workers launched another 48-hour strike at midnight as they continue to push to be designated essential workers so they can receive Covid-19 vaccines. Eleven unions announced the work stoppage, saying a strike was necessary "given the exponential increase in cases, the regrettable loss of several colleagues and the failure of all negotiations we have held with national authorities.”
A similar strike last week at its main Rosario port upended traffic and stranded seven ships due to falling water levels along the Parana river. The last of those ships was freed on Tuesday.
Harvest of the country’s soybean and corn crops are underway. Argentina is the world’s top exporter of soymeal and its No. 3 exporter of corn.