CAIRO: Port operator DP World reopened Egypt’s Ain Sokhna port after closing it for three days due to strike action, the Red Sea Port Authority said Monday.
The port, roughly 45 kilometers south of the Suez Canal, reopened Sunday overnight and received three cargo ships the next morning, the port authority’s head Mohamed Abdel Qader Gaballah told AFP.
Gaballah said the workers, who wanted better wages and hardship pay, reached an agreement with DP World.
Egypt’s Red Sea Port Authority said on Friday that the port was shut due to strike action, the official MENA news agency reported.
Dubai’s DP World, which operates the hi-tech terminal, was forced to shut down operations, costing the company $1 million a day in losses, MENA said.
The strike came amid a wave of industrial action that has crippled the country since an uprising that toppled the regime of president Hosni Mubarak in February.
The military, which took charge after Mubarak’s ouster, has warned against labor unrest and the caretaker cabinet has issued a law banning strikes.