NEWS IN BRIEF / PORTUGAL
Up to 100 ships affected in 5-day dockworkers strike
Most of Portugal’s 800 dockers launched a five-day strike Monday, largely paralyzing the country’s main ports, with the shipping sector estimating up to 100 ships would cancel or postpone calls.
The strike, called by the Confederação dos Sindicatos Marítimos e Portuários (Fesmarpor), affects the ports of Viana do Castelo, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Lisbon, Setúbal, Sines e Caniçal (Madeira).
The strike, which was solid in its first day according to unions, is due to end on Saturday 14 January, but may be prolonged for a further five days.
The dockers are striking over non-payment of wages and attacks on working conditions.