Dock Workers strike affects exim business at Kandla Port
Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 01-03-2012
KANDLA: As per the call given by Central Trade Unions & All five federations of Port & Dock Workers the Port operations at Kandla Port from mid night of Monday came to stands still till midnight of Tuesday i.e. for 24 Hrs. on 28-02-2011, the activity of cargo handling from 10 Cargo Ships berthed at Port of Kandla were badly affected and even there was no any movement of Cargo inside the port as all Port and Dock workers including or private workers working inside port remain out of Port premises.
Marine Staff was also on total strike due to which movement of the ships was also stopped and in 24 hrs not a single shipping movement was carried out. The workers of Private Container Terminal PSA_ABG also remained on strike due to which container operations in Terminal also remained closed for 24 hrs.
The strike call was given against anti labour policies of Government of India and Port Management which includes privatization of various activities, contractisation of perinial type of jobs, violation of various labour laws non removal of ceilings put on payment of Bonus, Gratuity and General Provident Fund, Denial of pension to all workers and demands related to Port & Dock workers like constitution of BWNC for Wage Revision w.e.f. 01-01-2012, finalization of issue of PLRC (Bonus), Regularization of contract / casual workers and non implementation of various statutory settlements.
All for Union operating at Port of Kandla vize Transport & Dock Workers (HMS), Kandla Port Karamchari Sangh (INTUC), Kandla Port Workers Union (AITUC) and Kandla Port & Dock Employees Union (HMS workers).
Shri Manohar Bellani, General Secretary of Transport and Dock Workers Union, Kandla and Labour Trustee said that except essential services like fire brigade, Hospitals, Water Supply and Electircity which were exempted from strike all workers remained on strike and strike was total success.