Swedish dockworkers refuse to handle Russian vessels and cargo
The Swedish Dockworkers Union (SDU) has given notice to Ports of Sweden about upcoming industrial action against ships going to and from Russia as well as Russian cargo in all ports of the country.
“The solidarity action will be carried out to support the dockworkers and the suffering working class in Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion,” said the statement of the union.
Swedish dockworkers will not handle any ships going to and from Russia, ships carrying Russian import and export cargo and vessels registered as Russian.
“The Putin regime’s brutal use of force against Ukrainian civil society has closed the ports. The bombing of Odessa, the occupation of Kherson and the ongoing deadly siege on Mariupol is causing unspeakable suffering on the ground,” stated SDU’s national chairman, Martin Berg.
Berg pointed out that “business as usual” is no longer possible. “We have waited for effective sanctions from the state or the EU blocking Swedish ports for Russian interests at this point, but time has run out. Our members want to do what little we can to contribute to an end to the Russian invasion and a reopening of Ukrainian ports,” he added.