Port workers in India to strike on August 18
Six federations representing port and dock workers of all the 11 major ports met in New Mangalore Port on July 28 and expressed grave concern over situation in the ports due to pro-corporate and anti–labour policies by the Central government that would impact on the livelihood of workers across the country.
The federations served a strike notice on Thursday.In the notice, the leaders demanded the government to incorporate provisions in the proposed Major Port Authorities Act 2016 to protect the jobs, wage structure, service conditions including retirement benefits to the pensioners.
They asked the government to desist from the move of outsourcing major port trust hospitals and fire services.
Employees engaged on contract basis, casual in the major ports should be extended with pay and allowances as applicable to serving regular employees performing similar and identical nature of jobs. ■