Labour Ministry signs wage pact with port unions
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 23:05
Mumbai: The Union Labour Ministry has signed a five-year wage revision agreement with the Indian Ports Association and labour unions following an agreement reached between the parties concerned on January 4 to avert a strike call by the unions.

The wage agreement was signed in Goa recently and will be implemented with retrospective effect from January 1, 2007.

All-India Port and Dock Workers Federation president Shanti Patel told reporters here today that the workers would get a hike of around 41 per cent including the basic pay and dearness allowance with affect from January 1, 2007.

A worker would get a minimum basic pay of Rs 7,800 and up to a maximum of Rs 32,400, with a monthly wage rise of Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,500, Patel added.

The workers union, which had been negotiating with the Ministry for many years, had threatened to resort to a strike if its demands were not met and had called a strike on January 4.

The workers will also get an annual wage hike of three per cent of the basic pay and the quantum will increase every year, Patel said.

Besides, the maternity leave for women workers has been increased from 135 to 180 days, he said.

Workers would be eligible for full pension after completion of 20 years service instead of 33 years with all benefits and encashment of earned leave and half pay-leave upto 300 days, Patel said.

Gratuity has been hiked from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. As a social measure towards the workers welfare a substantial rise in pension and family pension has been granted after attaining 80 years.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 23:05

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