Argentina Port Workers Strike Over Wages, Affecting Grain Export Shipments

Argentina is the world’s top exporter of processed soy meal and soy oil, and one of the largest sellers of raw soybeans. Grains are the country’s primary export driver and an important source of much-needed foreign currency.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentine workers at grain ports launched surprise strikes to protest stalled wage talks, their labor union said on Monday, delaying shipments from one of the world’s top exporters.

“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. “It is a strike in one of the richest sectors in Argentina. We have exhausted all avenues of dialogue.”

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