A strike by approximately 3,000 civil servants and dockworkers stretched into its sixth day Tuesday, and continued to halt operations at Morocco
's main port of Casablanca
. The stoppage at the port, which handles 70 percent of the country's cargo traffic, began last Thursday after unions accused the state-run ports authority ODEP of back-tracking on an agreement over pay hikes and other benefits.
According to the unions, about 50 vessels have been unable to unload. A senior ODEP official said the port authority was holding talks with workers' representatives to end the strike. He declined to give further details.