Mombasa Port, Kenya’s largest port, has dismissed around 27 workers after the Kenyan Port Authority were made aware of strike action that was believed to be caused by said workers, resulting in an estimated US$2 million loss, according to Reuters.
PTI previously reported on strike action at a number of US West Coast (USWC) ports, which led to a $2 billion a day loss, with the ports being momentarily in a state of lockdown.
Gichiri Ndua, Managing Director of Mombasa Port, said: “The management has identified the organisers of the strike and they have been summarily dismissed.”
Simon Sang, Secretary General of the Union, said: “It is going to result in the calling of another bigger industrial action.”
Strikes have been most prevalent along the USWC, following recent labour disputes, with concerns that the backflow of containers and the flow of trade will take months to stabilise.
Trade flows were also diverted to the US East Coast (USEC) as a result of the congestion issues that were exacerbated by labour strikes.
10% of traffic is expected to be diverted to the USEC once the Panama Canal Expansion project has been completed in early 2016, according to a study by C.H. Robinson Worldwide.