Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Chief Central Labour Commissioner will meet leaders of the five trade unions of major ports in the country and senior port management officials in New Delhi on Monday to discuss issues related to the implementation of the Central Industrial Tribunal award on new manning scales (the number of people allotted to operate a vessel or an equipment.) Its implementation had led to a strike by Marine Department employees at Kochi Port from April 26.

The meeting will give the management and trade unions a platform to hear each other’s views on the implementation of the award, which the Kochi Port management maintains was reached with the full understanding of the trade unions.

The unions say that the three-year-old award cannot be legally imposed.

Hartal call

Ahead of the meeting, Kochi Thuramugha Samrakshana Samithi, an umbrella organisation of trade unions, has threatened to launch an indefinite strike from Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Samithi said on Sunday that the trade unions had called for a 24-hour hartal from 6 a.m. on Tuesday on Willington Island. Two rounds of discussions had failed to yield a satisfactory result.

The strike by the Marine Department workers continued on Sunday with their colleagues in other departments threatening to join the strike if the talks on Monday fail.