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Over fifty fishing vessels docked in Montevideo because of labour conflict

Thursday, August 5th 2010 - 16:26 UTC
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The conflict is affecting the croak season The conflict is affecting the croak season

An estimated Uruguayan flagged fifty fishing vessels have been docked in Montevideo for over a month because of a labour conflict over a new work contract with the owners of the vessels and processing plants.

The Uruguayan Fishing Vessels Owners Chamber, Capu, estimates that the conflict, in the middle of the croaker season, has cost the industry 18 million US dollars plus all its influence in associated activities. Processing plants have also begun to close down and send workers to collect unemployment insurance.

Fishermen are demanding a 30% increase in catches’ share which the Uruguayan chamber of Fish exporting industries, Cipu, rejects point blank as “impossible to address” given the loss of competitiveness suffered by the industry.

But even when Capu is willing to discuss with the fishermen’s union, Cipu made up of Fripur, probably Uruguay’s largest fish processor, and Urexport remain adamant, basically because Fripur has its own fishing vessels and “their unions are weak”.

“We’re concerned with the passivity of the Ministry of Labour in forging a negotiation process that could help us advance” according to fishermen’s union leader Jose Franco, since the last labour contract expired April 30.

Franco said that the situation has them “hostages of Fripur’s position”. Fripur employs 2.000 people at the processing plants and at sea and figures as Uruguay’s main exporter of fisheries with added value.

Fishermen are also demanding a review of a May 2009 pension scheme decree by which social security contributions jumped from 7% over a fixed previously agreed income, to 27% of real income. However although dearer under the scheme every two years at sea are considered as three for retirement age.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Uruguay.

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  • briton

    looking at all those ships reminds me of the argentinian navy in 1982

    Aug 06th, 2010 - 10:48 pm 0
  • Liberty

    Oh, well briton, “twinky” and his mates were commenting how well his country was dealing with Uruguay. He argued with me over the disastrous uruguayan economy. They won't accept that I've been living in Uruguay for the last 6 years. It's a broken country, anarchy, crime, corruption, inflation and lost sovereignty to Argentina. Fishing boats are just the tip of the whole messy populist iceberg.

    Aug 08th, 2010 - 05:59 pm 0
  • briton

    well if democracy works [and it is slow] im sure you will scramble out of the mess and start to increase your wealth, when Argentina realises that you are no long weak, they may well think twice,

    Aug 09th, 2010 - 12:09 am 0
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