P.M. BRIEFING : Strike Spoils Food on Japan Docks

From Times wire services

A strike by dockworkers has disrupted unloading of cargo at all nine major Japanese ports, spoiling 1.5 million tons of perishable imported food items, union officials said today.

The officials said the 50,000-member National Council of Dockworker Unions launched a walkout last Thursday for an indefinite period, demanding a substantial wage hike and better working conditions.

“The strike will continue until our demands are met,” a spokesman for the council said.

The official said the council is seeking an average 10% or $196.20 increase in monthly wages and a reduction of working hours from the present 2,600 a year to 1,800 by 1992.