Port workers go on strike

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Kochi, Nov 27 (UNI) Workers of the Cochin Port went on a lightning strike for a second time this month, alleging denial of work.

The operations at the Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal were stalled after the employees struck work against the Dubai Port World's, which is operating the terminal and decision not to book any workers for the evening shift starting at 1800 hrs, Union Spokesperson said.

He said as per the talks between the Port Management, terminal operators and unions under the Regional Labour Commissioner, it was agreed that 'status quo' would be maintained and workers would be given employment.

'' If the authorities concerned are not coming forward to break the deadlock the strike will continue indefinitely,'' the spokesperson added.

On Nov 14, the employees launched a strike when none of them was deputed for work by the terminal operators with the explanation that the container handling was automated.

The Spokesperson alleged that the terminal authorities introduced machineries without holding talks with the workers and the operators were following 'anti-labour' policies.

He said the operators were bound to depute work for employees whether the terminal was automated or not.


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