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Somaliland: Berbera Port Workers Revolt against DP World Management Strategies

As the Emirati international ports operator starts contractual obligations at the main Somaliland port with massive salary cuts

Berbera port workers demonstrate in protest against salary cuts proposed by DP worldBerbera port workers demonstrate in protest against salary cuts proposed by DP world

By: Yusuf.M Hasan
Somalilandsun- The 30 years Dubai Ports World contract to managed the main Somaliland port of Berbera has started in the wrong foot.
This follows demonstrations by port workers in protest against new salary scales put in place by DP World in which the employees termed as lower than what thy used to earn under former management, that is the government of Somaliland.
DP World started its over $400m contractual obligation earlier in the month with as expected staff realignment seemingly now also touching on salary scales which the government had promised will not occur once it hands over its mandate to the global Emiratis firm.
According to Berbera based saaxilnews the aggrieved staff downed tools in the morning of Sunday and subsequently started demonstrating inside the port perimeter where they also burned Dap world flags.
DP world Berbera port logo goes up in smoke DP world Berbera port logo goes up in smoke Having placed the entire port out of operations the protesting workers shouting anti-DP World slogans also defied police orders to vacate the port thence the firing of live bullets.
Upon finally vacating the port the hundreds of demonstrators entered the town proper and proceeded to the Sahil regional governor’s office where they presented their grievances while shouting slogans like We want to live, we want to eat. We cannot live with meager salary”
Prior to taking over and contrary to promises by the state DP world an international Potts operator laid off over hundred London term Berbera port workers.
Apart from the Burned Dap World flags he demonstrators also burned large quantities of used tyres during their sojourn to the governors office.
Somaliland police attempt to disperse the anti DP world demonstrators at Berbera port Somaliland police attempt to disperse the anti DP world demonstrators at Berbera port While the government is yet to comment on the disturbances, it is not clear how the Emirati firm shall manage to undertake its contractual obligations if it's strategies differ completely from those initially informed to both the workers and the nation during the administrations campaign for the deal acceptance.

Berbera port workers chant We want to live we want to eat. We cannot live with meager salary as they burn DP world flags Berbera port workers chant We want to live we want to eat. We cannot live with meager salary as they burn DP world flags

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0 #6 Justice4all 2017-03-15 17:58
Justice for all. Employees rights should not be taken away. At the same time Employees should respect the rule of law. Voilent demonstrations won't help anyone. I heard the demonstrators were not directly employed by the port operators, they were either self employed or casual. Anyway that place needs sometime to get used to the change, because the port manager was a very powerful post who litterally run the port town, with the help of the port money of course. Not anymore, no more shaxaad, no more cutting corners, no more bribery. Would you bribe someone to do their jobs? It happens in Somaliland.
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