Work to resume at docks after provisional agreement is reached

By John McPhaul

Hernán Ayala, vice president of operations at maritime cargo handling company Luis Ayala Colón, and Carlos Sánchez, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1740, announced on Wednesday that they reached an agreement which will enable work to resume today on the San Juan docks.

“We, on behalf of the union, decided to reach agreements with the employer for the good of Puerto Rico and continue at the negotiating table looking for the best alternative for everyone,” Sánchez said at a press conference.

After a dialogue at La Fortaleza mediated by Chief of Staff Noelia García Bardales and Labor & Human Resources Secretary Carlos Rivera Santiago, the unionized employees will resume their jobs for a period of 45 days. After the 45 days have passed, the parties will resume negotiations.

“We hope to start operations tomorrow at seven in the morning and that the ships continue to arrive in San Juan as usual,” Ayala said.

García Bardales said that if good faith continues in the agreement, the government is willing to withdraw a lawsuit initiated by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority.

Those involved in the agreement noted that the preliminary solution consists of including an additional operator to enter the data from the containers in the computerized system.

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