Indian dockworker threaten nationwide strike for early March
A nationwide indefinite dockworker strike is planned to start March 9 in India, threatening to disrupt the country’s transport systems when port volumes see a turnaround.
Labor federations, representing dockers and port workers at 12 major cargo hubs, have officially advised port authorities of their decision to walk off the job over the federal government’s economic policies, particularly a reform of publicly owned ports.
“The strike has been called against the unilateral decision of the Shipping Ministry to go ahead with reform measures without consulting the trade unions,” a federation representative said. “The ministry has taken the decision disregarding several assurances given to the federations.”
The industrial action, a big test for the reformist Narendra Modi-led government that assumed office in May last year, is expected to completely or partially close down India’s major ports, including Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Nhava Sheva), the nation’s largest container gateway. India major ports account for roughly 75 percent of the nation's total container cargo, with cumulative throughput reaching 6.58 million 20-foot-equivalent units from April 2014 through January 2015, the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014-15, up from 6.12 million TEUs for the same period in the previous year.
“Port and dock workers have proposed to go on an indefinite strike from March 9 at all major ports in India. We request shipping lines to take this into consideration for their upcoming plans,” APM Terminals Mumbai said in a trade advisory. APMT Mumbai, also known as Gateway Terminals India, is one of three container handling facilities in the Nhava Sheva port complex. www.joc.com/port-...
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