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New company to handle Ain Sokhna Port, strike ends

The striking laborers will be employed in the new company, which will partly be managed by the Ministry of Transportation.

Under the supervision of the Egyptian Presidency, Armed Forces, Ministry of Labor and Suez Governorate, an agreement was signed between the Red Sea Ports Authority and DP World, promising to re-employ all workers at the Ain Sokhna Port in a new company that is being established.

1,200 workers of Platinum Maritime Services at the port had been striking, demanding to get employment contracts with DP World. Work will immediately resume at the port, according to the agreement.

As DP World will carry all the direct and indirect expenses of the previous period - including all costs, conditions and contracts that were previously agreed upon with Platinum - the Red Sea Ports Authority will operate the containers terminal at the Ain Sokhna Port, until the new company is up and running. The latter will also offer all services inside and outside of the Customs Zone, including space, cleanliness, food, transport and others, by using the labor of Platinum Maritime Services present at the port.

The agreement was signed by Mohamed AbdelKader Gaballah – Head of the Red Sea Ports Authority, Rostom Dostour – Representative of Dubai Ports World, Mohamed Fouad Gadallah – Representative of the Presidency, Mohamed Ali Shams – Representative of the Armed Forces, Khaled Abo Bakr Ali – Ministry of Labour.