Workers at Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba began a work stoppage to protest poor safety precautions following the deaths of thirteen people in a chlorine gas leak accident at a major berth, unionists said. The deaths and injury of over 300 workers came after a crane loading chlorine containers onto a ship last Monday dropped one onto the quay, causing it to explode. "We are committed to the stoppage until our demands to provide the right industrial safety environment (are met)'', said Ahmad Amayra, a leading unionist who said hundreds of workers had not shown up to work in the main port facilities.
A spokesperson for the port confirmed that the work stoppage was taking place but did not comment further on the incident. Industry experts say the incident could have turned into a catastrophe had dozens of workers ending a shift not left the site shortly before the leak. — Reuters