Labour Ministry signs wage pact with port unions

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.

PTI



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

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