Port workers threaten to go on indefinite strike from Jan 4

Last Updated: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 15:39

Mumbai: Five major port federations have
threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Monday if their
demand for a wage revision remains unresolved in the meeting
with the Indian Ports Association (IPA) scheduled that day.

"We have decided to go ahead with the proposed indefinite
strike from Monday if the meeting with IPA fails to find a
solution to our demands," All India Port & Dock Workers
Federation President S R Kulkarni told a news agency.

The strike, which would involve 6,000 port and
dockworkers across 12 major ports in the country, was called
to press the workers` demand relating to wage revision.

The government is expected to lose about Rs 1,000 crore
in revenues per day if the workers heed to the strike call.

A meeting between the Federations and the Indian Ports
Association held on January 1 in the presence of the Chief
Labour Commissioner ended inconclusively.

The five Federations, which have threatened the strike
from Monday include INTUC, HMS, AITUC and CITU affiliated
federations.

Over the past three years, these federations have held
nearly 24 rounds of discussions with the IPA but failed to
resolve the contentious issue, Kulkarni said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 15:39
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