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CPT chairman takes tough stand against agitating workers

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Kochi, Mar 17 (UNI) Holding that Cochin Port Trust (CPT) cannot let 'indiscipline rule the roost in the guise of union activities', CPT chairman, N Ramachandran, today called for 'professional work culture'.

Talking to UNI, Mr Ramachandran, who took on the job a few months ago, said he would consider revoking the suspension of five members of Cochin Port Staff Association, including its general secretary and three secretaries, only on 'assurance of complete discipline.'' Stressing that in changing times, it was essential for the port to adopt a professional work culture, he said 'we cannot give license to a big number of office bearers of the large number of trade unions operating in the port to come and go as they like.' Claiming that several union office bearers were in the habit of signing the attendance register in the morning and 'disappearing', Mr Ramachandran said for the past four months he had been trying to 'persuade them to change their ways.' Referring to the suspension of the five CPSA members, he said CPT authorities had to resort to this step on Wednesday night as they were trying to disrupt work at the port.

Following the suspension, a section of port employees went on a lightning strike yesterday, affecting the movement of ships.

Mr Ramachandran said the assistance of naval personnel had been enlisted and the operations at the port were 'fully normal' today.

'All ship movements are according to schedule and cargo operations are going on uninterrupted,' he added.

UNI ARC AA SI DS1616

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