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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Workers lift grains ports strike

Grains workers obeyed a government order to halt a week-long wage strike that had delayed shipments and paralyzed soy-processing plants, a union leader said.

"We'll (comply with the order) for sure because we don't want to break the law," had said Edgardo Quiroga, a union leader for the local branch of the CGT union umbrella group.

The government ordered unions last night to suspend the strike for 15 days and hold talks with company bosses.  The conciliation order was due to take effect from midday local time.

However, Quiroga said the union would probably not lift the protest until late today or tomorrow because union leaders want to study the details of the order and discuss them with the workers in an assembly.

Strikers burning tires were still stopping other workers from entering soy-crushing plants around Rosario, where about 80 percent of the country's soybean oil and meal is produced.

"We're hoping to reach an agreement that will lead to better wages. We want to go back to work," said port worker Jonathan Isnaldo as he manned a picket line.

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