Cargo workers call off strike

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The workers of Cargo Handling Division (erstwhile Dock Labour Board) of Visakhapatnam Port Trust called of their 67-day-long strike over implementation of manning scales on Monday.

The strike came to an end following a tripartite agreement signed among the management, unions and Labour Department officials.

The strike was launched in protest against implementation of manning scales as recommended by a tribunal set up for enhancing productivity in the major ports.

Unions said the management agreed to deploy 33 workers additionally per shift, to engage 347 casual workers after consulting the government and treat strike period as leave for all those eligible and withdraw suspensions of some workers and take them back on work in five days.

Visakhapatnam Harbour & Port Workers’ Union (VHPWU) general secretary B.Ch. Masen expressed satisfaction over the outcome and thanked the workers for their wholehearted support during the strike period.

He said a deal could be struck due to initiative taken by honorary president of VHPWU V.V. Rama Rao.

Mr. Rama Rao and Mr. Masen signed the agreement on behalf of AITUC and S. Parsuram and G. Jagannadha Rao represented HMS.

Port Deputy Chairman Satya Kumar, secretary Naresh Kumar, traffic manager Dattaraju, financial advisor K.V. Gupta, regional labour commissioner Srivastava and assistant labour commissioner Narasimha Rao took part in the talks.

VPT record

The Visakhapatnam port handled a record cargo of 3.40 lakh tonnes on Wednesday surpassing the previous highest of 3.26 lakh tonnes handled at port and BOT berths on May 7 last year, according tr a press release.

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