Aqaba apologises for suspending operations

The work stoppage is the third strike at ACT this year.
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The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) in Jordan has contacted its clients to apologise for suspending operations.

A report in the Jordan Times claims ACT sent a letter to its clients on Monday apologising for the halt in its operations due to “illegal industrial actions” by its workers that started on December 1.

In a statement posted on its website, ACT announced the procedures that will be followed during the work stoppage, expressing hope it will end as soon as possible.

ACT said it will stop calculating storage fees for imported containers that arrived at the terminal during the period of the work stoppage.

“This will apply to all boxes discharged from a vessel before December 1 and gated-out between December 2 and 31,” the statement said.

The company said it will give an additional seven days of storage for free for exporting loaded and empty containers “which loading had to be rolled to a next vessel because the planned vessel had to omit Aqaba since December 1″.

ACT will also “waive the COD charges” on full and empty containers which “could not load on a planned vessel because the vessel had to omit Aqaba” since the work stoppage began last week.

The dispute between ACT management and employees has not been resolved yet despite a Labour Court ruling announced on November 10.

The work stoppage is the third this year, after employees went on strike in July and October demanding better pay and benefits. The strikes ended after management and staff said they reached agreements brokered by MPs.

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