Port work halted Thursday for Global Dock Worker Day of Action

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Thursday, July 7, marks the Global Dock Worker Day of Action.

A one-hour observance will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, in which work will be stopped to memorialize dock workers who have lost their livesThe purpose is to highlight health and safety aspects of their work and show how important role of dock workers.

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) President and CEO Jim Newsome says SPCA is working with the Charleston maritime community, cargo owners and ocean carriers to minimize the potential impacts that the one-hour work stoppage will have on the economy.

Newsome says the Charleston Gate Company is diligently working with the local clerks and mechanics who perform truck check-in functions to ensure they return to work as quickly as possible.

SCPA, established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer.

In 2015 SCPA handled international commerce valued at more than $74 billion while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy.

An economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity.

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