major ports is likely to be affected on May 29th as the workers are planning
a strike that day on the call given by the national coordination committee
comprising six federations of major port workers. The committee has also served
a notice on port managements for an indefinite strike after May 29.
for the strike was given due to the casual attitude of the management of the
ports and the Shipping Ministry in settling the demands of the federations
submitted for revising the existing wage structure, service conditions,
including pensionary benefits w.e.f. January 2017 consequent on the expiry of
the existing settlement in December 2016.
leaders of the coordination committee who met on May 2nd said that the port managements and the
government have neglected their several assurances given to the federations
through conciliation proceedings before the Chief Labor Commissioner (Central)
on several occasions on matters relating to the Major Ports Authority Bill
2016, recognition of trade unions, implementation of various statutory
settlements, equal payment to contract workers performing similar nature of
jobs, their regularisation, etc.
pointed out that all the efforts of the federations to seek the intervention of
the Ministry to resolve the issues have been futile as no meeting has taken
place with the Ministry since the last 18 months even after repeated requests.
The federations also criticized the
discriminatory attitude adopted by the Ministry and the lndian Ports
Association towards Group C and D employees regarding their service conditions
by making unilateral changes and providing additional illegal benefits to the
officers of the Major Ports arbitrarily.