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Tue 24 Feb 2009 11:29 AM

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Kuwait's ports union calls for strike - paper

One-day port strike on March 2 will not hit oil shipments, Kuwait National Petroleum Co says.

A one-day Kuwait port workers strike called for March 2 will not affect oil shipments from the the world's seventh largest crude exporter, a state oil refining company spokesman said on Tuesday.It was unclear how many workers are expected to go on strike but the spokesman said the planned stoppage will not have any impact on Kuwait's production of over 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude and fuel exports.

"This is related to the commercial ports and not related to ports managed by the oil sector," the spokesman at Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) said.

Kuwaiti state employees often stage strikes asking for better salaries which are usually settled quickly without much impact on operations.

Kuwait has a 200,000 bpd refinery at Shuaiba but oil exports are shipped through a different port from the commercial operations, said the KNPC spokesman.

"The Workers Union of Kuwait Ports Authority has decided to stage a total strike in all ports and its sectors on Monday, March 2nd," daily Al Seyassah said on Tuesday, citing a statement by the union.

The strike will take effect in Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha ports, the paper said. Officials at the union were not immediately available for comment.  (Reuters)

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