The Seafarers’ Confederation of India affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh on Wednesday handed over a charter of demands to the Lakshadweep Development Corporation Limited (LDCL). The charter, among other things, demanded that the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Indian Officers accepted by the International Bargaining Forum and the Maritime Union of India be made applicable for the merchant navy officers serving on the vessels operated by LDCL.
An explanatory meeting was also organised in front of the office of LDCL at Panampilly Nagar. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Shihabudeen, an office bearer of the Seafarers’ Confederation, alleged discrimination between the cabin crew and merchant navy officials from Lakshadweep and the mainland.
The confederation said that the crew, all of whom were from Lakshadweep, are covered by the National Maritime Board agreement and are hence free from exploitation. Merchant navy officers from the mainland are engaged by LDCL only if officers from Lakshadweep are not available, leaving the former under a cloud of job insecurity, they alleged.