Workers strike at NMPT called off

According to a press release, the illegal strike resorted to by the cargo handling workers of NMPT has been resolved bilaterally after negotiation with the trade unions operating in NMPT.

The strike by the cargo handling workers was started on August 1. The negotiations was held by the port management in association with trade unions and Assistant Labour Commissioner.

A memorandum of settlement was signed at 1.30 am on Wednesday and the RCH workers have resumed the work from the first shift at 6 am.

Due to memorandum of settlement, rationalization of manning scale in deployment of cargo handling labour has been achieved and consequent reduction will be 29 per cent for deploying 1 gang and 35 per cent for 2 gangs.

 Thus the average overall reduction will be 33 per cent. This reduction will be in the first phase for the next three years and further reduction would be in the second phase to achieve the full implementation of the NIT award, subject to arriving at bilateral agreement.                

NMPT Chairman Tamilvanan thanked all the trade unions, workers and team of port officers who negotiated in reaching to an amicable settlement.

He has also thanked all the port users such as, stevedores/steamer agents /C&F agents/cashew exporter’s Association and  Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their continued support in resolving the issue.

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