Dockers Start Strike at Black Sea Port

Tuapse Trading Seaport, a hub on the Black Sea controlled by Novolipetsk Steel, on Tuesday said most loading staff had failed to come to work since Aug. 13 after a court ruled that workers had not been paid properly for night shifts.

The Tuapse City Court ruled July 29 that workers at the complex, which processes metals, coal, grain and sugar cargo, had not received correct compensation from the port administration in the 15 years to November 2007, according to a statement on the port's web site.

The stoppage involves 280 workers, who are waiting for the port to make payment for all of the 15 years, which amounts to an average of 6,000 rubles per worker a year, or 72 million rubles ($2.9 million) in total, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing union spokesman Eduard Zhuravlyov. The ruling affects 800 workers, he said, according to the newspaper.

The action violates labor law, and the port has notified the unions about this, the port said in the statement.