Buenos Aires grain port strike

Issued on 12 Nov 20

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Surprise strikes by grain port workers in Argentina to protest stalled wage talks have delayed shipments

“We are going to make surprise halts as much as we consider it necessary,” said Juan Carlos Peralta, a spokesman for the URGARA union, which represents inspectors who check the quality of grains before they are loaded onto ships.

The protests impacted the agro-export area of Rosario and Bahía Blanca.

The conflict comes as a major oilseed union has separately been threatening strike action over pandemic payments, currently under mediation by the government.

Argentina is the world's top exporter of processed soy meal and soy oil, and one of the largest sellers of raw soybeans.

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