Oslo Dockers in Limbo

first_imgzoom Oslo dockers blocked the traffic in and out of the container terminal in Oslo port Monday, 22nd of June, demanding signing of a collective agreement with Turkish company Yilport.About 60 workers are reported to have staged a strike only to be ordered to clear out by the local police. The order came despite the mediator’s authorization of the strike action.The workers were employed by the Oslo Loading and Unloading Office, which went bankrupt in May. Even though their collective bargaining agreement is still valid, they had been denied access to the terminal where they should have resumed their work following the bankruptcy announcement.  Yilport refused to negotiate with the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation (NTF), which promoted the workers to respond with a strike.Some 250 people gathered outside the Oslo Port Authority office on Monday in support of the dock workers, criticizing the police action.Yilport Holding, Yilport Oslo and the Port of Oslo signed the lease contract in  October 2014, for the land and equipment of Port of Oslo’s Container Terminals. The agreement has a term of 20 years with an option for a 10-year extension.World Maritime News Staff; Image: NTFlast_img read more

UN reiterates calls for credible probe on war related incidents

The United Nations (UN) has reiterated calls for a credible investigation on incidents related to the war in Sri Lanka.Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said that the UN has made clear what the guidelines for what a credible investigation will entail. “The Human Rights Council can evaluate for themselves how it’s going, but we want to make sure there is a credible investigation into this.  And we have made clear what our guidelines are for what a credible investigation will entail and so we will continue to be in dialog to make sure it happens,” he said. He said this in response to a question posed on a comment made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not invite foreign judges to be involved in the judicial process after investigating incidents related to the war. Speaking at the Law Conference in Wadduwa on Saturday, the President said that he has faith in the local judiciary and he feels all that needs to be done is to strengthen the judiciary and ensure it is independent.International human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to invite foreign judges to ensure the domestic process to investigate human rights abuses related to the war are credible. (Colombo Gazette) read more