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Major Port worker federations warn of nationwide indefinite strike

Work in 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.

The call 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.

 The 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.

They also 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.

 

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