The Port and Dock Workers' federations representing port and dock workers
at the Major Ports have deferred their nationwide indefinite strike which was
to commence on August 18, following a meeting of their representatives with the
Chief Labour Commissioner, Port and Indian Port Association officials.
The tripartite meeting to end the deadlock took place in the national
capital on August 16.
The six major federations of Port
and dock workers had last month called for the indefinite strike to protest
against the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016, which was recently placed for
consideration before Parliament as a replacement for the Major Port Trusts Act,
Port and dock workers have been expressing their concerns regarding the
impact of the proposed Bill on jobs, wage structure, service conditions,
including pension for retired workers, and the nomination of two labour
representatives on Port Boards, which has been reduced to one in the new Bill.
Shipping Ministry officials who participated in the tripartite talks is
understood to have agreed to some of the
key demands of the federations including
that service conditions of port and dock workers will be protected
details will be finalised at a meeting the Shipping Secretary has with the Port
and dock workers federations shortly according to sources.