National Port Trust Employees Union, affiliated to INTUC, sought a fair and early wage revision due for nearly one-and-a-half years now.

The union that organised a protest at Port Administrative Building on Friday recalled that the five recognised federations had submitted a charter of demands to the Ministry of Shipping in early 2012 on which a committee comprising managements of ports and representatives of the federations was constituted. The committee was directed in June 2012 to settle the wage revision covering five years within three months.

Union general secretary K.P. Naidu, who addressed the protest, said the committee held six meetings but talks were stalemated.

While the demand of employees for a 60 per cent fitment came down to 20 per cent, the management increased its offer from 7 per cent to 9 per cent.Mr. Naidu demanded an early decision stating with the rise in prices of essential commodities and fall in the value of rupee employees were facing hardships. The union also demanded a halt to privatisation in important operations like ore handling complex, mobile crane complex, marine operations, etc.