With dock workers on strike until January 30, fears are that their actions could provoke further price increases in various ‘essentials’ (meat/ eggs/ milk). The reason lies in the hiatus industrial action is likely to cause imports and exports. Animal feed producers in this country depend on imported raw materials, and have storage capacity for roughly only five days, explain reports. In other words, if these raw materials are held up (because of the strike), feed will become more expensive, leading to producers increasing prices to the consumer. Syndicates meantime claim ports administrations have shown no keenness to ‘dialogue’ over their proposed salary increases.