NMPT workers strike enters 3rd day

Next meeting between union leaders and Port authorities on Aug 5

 Workers, who oppose the implementation of National Industries Tribunal’s verdict with regard to cargo discharge, organised protest in front of the NMPT Gate. Workers alleged that the policy, which is being implemented by the NMPT is unscientific.

On the other hand, NMPT Chairman P Tamilvanan informed that the strike is illegal and the workers should co-operate for the implementation of Tribunal’s direction. “The discussion held between union leaders and Port authorities could not find solution to the issue. Another meeting will be convened on August 5 and the problem will be solved,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, NMPT Traffic Manager Gopalakrishna stated in a press release that the as per the intervention of Regional Labour Commissioner (RLC), conciliation proceedings were held under the chairmanship of Assistant Labour Commisssioner on Monday. Trade union representatives INTUC General Secretary Sadashiva Shetty and HMS General Secretary Dinesh Achar were present at the meet. “After prolonged discussions, the Conciliation Officer advised the unions to desist from strike in the overall interest of the Port. Further, the Conciliation Officer had drawn the attention of the Unions to Section 29 of the Industrial Dispute Act, which is a penal provision for breach of Settlement or Award,” Gopalakrishna informed.

In view of the legal position and exigency involved in the discharge of fertiliser from the vessel, the Conciliation Officer requested the parties to reconsider their stand. After prolonged discussions and persuasions, unions agreed to discharge the fertiliser with only minimum essential workers immediately, he said. Both the unions agreed to have bilateral discussions with the Port management in order to arrive at a mutually agreed manning scale with local adjustments, within five days time, he said adding that further conciliation proceedings will be held on August 5. 

In view of the said bipartite agreement between the unions and the management, the cargo discharge from the fertiliser Vessel ‘M V Arcadia Progress’ has commenced at 7.30 pm on Monday. “The 32,000 MT of fertilisers will be discharged soon and transported to the stacking point to ensure that the cargo reaches to the farmers in the State,” he added.

However, union leaders told media persons that the strike will continue on Tuesday too.

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