IPA agrees to take up dock workers bonus demand with Centre

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Mumbai, Dec 3 (UNI) All India Ports and Dock Workers Federation today claimed that the Indian Ports Association (IPA) has agreed 'in principle' to recommend to the centre their long-pending demand on the bonus.

''The Chairperson of the Indian Ports Association Rani Jadhav agreed to our demand to pay the differences in the quantumn of the productivity-linked reward (PLR), which amounts to Rs 2,400 per worker, for the previous fiscal,'' Federation President S R Kulkarni said today.

The decision came following a meeting between the representatives of the Association and the recognised federations, which was held here today.

The meeting was convened to discuss the Federations' demand that in view of the President putting her seal on the amendments in certain provisions of the Payment of the Bonus Act, the benefits, by precedence, should also be extended to the port and dock workers across the board.

Mr Kulkarni also suggested that, since the centre had recommended the liberalisation in the definition of 'wage' for calculating bonus from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,500, the government should, mutatis murandis (with the necessary changes), extend the benefits to the port and dock workers.

However, the Chairperson, while agreeing to follow the amedments in the Bonus Act, said in view of the settlment on PLR, the Association would have to refer the matter, as a rule, to the Union Shipping Ministry for obtaining its approval.

During today's meeting, it was also decided to convene a meeting of the Bipartite Wage Negotiating Committee to decide about the payment of interim relief in the third week of this month.

UNI

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