UPDATE 1-Workers threaten to paralyze Argentine grains hub over pay

jueves 21 de mayo de 2015 19:20 GYT

(Recasts with CGT strike threat)

By Maximiliano Rizzi

BUENOS AIRES May 21 (Reuters) - Argentina's largest labor union group will go on strike in the pivotal Rosario grains hub from June 1 if a salary dispute is not resolved, a union leader said on Thursday, threatening to bring milling and exports from the grains powerhouse to a halt.

Workers plan to blockade transport links to milling plants and port terminals along the Parana river at a critical time in the soybean harvest for exporters in Argentina, the world's leading supplier of soymeal and soyoil.

"We won't allow trucks or trains carrying grains to enter the port terminals and we won't let vessels dock or set sail," Edgardo Quiroga of the local San Lorenzo branch of the CGT told Reuters.

Rosario handles about 80 percent of Argentina's grains exports. San Lorenzo covers the northern districts of the Rosario hub where multinational companies like Bunge Ltd, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV have crushing plants and ports.

The CGT counts quality control inspectors and dock workers among its members in Rosario.

The union's announcement came as soy trading in Rosario remained virtually paralyzed for a fourth day as most exporters refrained from purchases to pressure the government to resolve a nearly three-week strike among crushing workers.

That strike by the opposition-allied Industrial Oilseed Complex Workers Federation in the southern districts of the Rosario port has slowed the loading of vessels, though exports have not been impacted.   Continuación...