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Disgruntled workers block shipping on Danube in Serbia


10:33, April 12, 2012

BELGRADE, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Shipping traffic on the Danube River, downstream from the Serbian city of Novi Sad, was blocked Wednesday by disgruntled workers who have not received their salaries for six months.

Some 470 workers from a private company linked a number of barges to prevent river boats from safely navigating through a section of the waterway, Serbian news agency Tanjug said.

The blockade was reported to the port captain, who shut down the Danube-Tisa-Danube section of the waterway citing safety reasons.

The company they work for controls previously state-run enterprises responsible for shipping and river maintenance.

Jozef Pap, a representative of the workers, said they had tried to alert government agencies of the financial problems faced by the company, but to no avail.

The Danube forms the longest stretch of the Rhine-Main-Danube Waterway which spans continental Europe and links the North Sea in the west to the Black Sea. The entire inland waterway is 3,500 km long.


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