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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 #8 Omer Libaax 2017-03-17 17:23
hey ms. together you need to watch your mouth son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sibal wahid action speaks louder than you
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0 #7 Omer Libaax 2017-03-17 17:17
would you bribe someone to do their jobs ha?
watch your mouth that's what your uncle salanyo does here in Somaliland we didn't know that before he sat his ass in the presidency, okeeey
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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.
Hope these guys do a professional job for all customers.
Justice for All.
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0 #5 mr togdheer 2017-03-15 06:26
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you need to watch your mouth son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: action speaker louder then words
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0 #4 Omer Libaax 2017-03-14 11:48
ow shit this fucking mohamed Ismail is like a pork he is inconsistent and always talks shit one time you see him appreciate the police brutality and another time urging the DP world to sack our people one after another, you are fucking breathing shit but we're not going to wait for your uncle salanyo fondhodholoh to ruin our motherland and you'll soon have a proof that you're messing with the wrong people ina siil ku ceesh, how can you fucking claim to be of good family and still condone your uncle salanyo fondhodholoh and your pimps invite the enemies to our country to abuse our rights right here at home and still agree with them and everything.
we know your kind, you fucking sang in support of afwayne and waited for him until he fucked you in daylight, that's you but we don't live that way.
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0 #3 Omer Libaax 2017-03-13 17:06
you can call as such dhilo m. Khalid and it will lead to the demise of your uncle salanyo fondhodholoh, the biggest pimp of our country and nothing else is going to rid the country of these shits but bullets and blood, so stay tuned dhilo regeme. politicised says m. dhilo. you see the destruction of our country and you're still talking as nothing is happening we're not blaming you because salanyo's people can never be men, never and if can, they'll even sell the people and that's not going to be monkey bastard and your other uncle gaal is going to die too. you're all tribalist shits hiding patriots skin I gatch you hahaha
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0 #2 Adal Warrior 2017-03-13 16:58
Another UAE company used to operate in Mogadishu before they were kicked out and now Mogadishu port is under Turkish company who are doing great job and pay double the salaries to the port workers, the people of Berbera should kick the UAE out chase them all the way to hargeisa.
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0 #1 M. Khalid 2017-03-13 07:26
It looks like this demosnstration is politicized because the workers burned DP World flags and shouted slogans against some of the government officials. But to aviod such problems in future, the establishment of a labour union will be suffice to represent all workers.
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