Working conditions at Gadani ship-breaking yard ‘still bad’
Despite the loss of almost 40 lives of workers at the Gadani ship-breaking yard since November 2016, no efforts have been made by the state or the owners to improve the conditions.
This was stated by Nasser Mansoor, general secretary of the Pakistan National Trades Unions Federation (PNTUF), while addressing a seminar at the Irtiqa Institute of Social Sciences on Saturday evening.
Departments like the police and the environment took bribes from the owners to do their bidding against the labourers, he alleged. www.hellenicshipp...
Work is progressing fast on the construction of the container terminal and other key infrastructures at the Port of Duqm and is expected to be completed by 2019, reported Muscat Daily, citing a senior official.
While the first phase is expected to be completed by June 2018, total construction, including the terminal and all other infrastructure, is due for completion around middle of 2019, stated Erwin Mortelmans, commercial director at Port of Duqm Company (PDC).
Duqm port lies officially under the management of PDC, a 50:50 joint venture between the Omani government and the Consortium Antwerp Port.
Once Duqm port starts full-fledged operation, it will have a 2.2-km-long commercial berth, a 2.2-km-long container berth, 1-km-long government berth and a break bulk berth for miscellaneous cargoes.
PDC chief executive Reggy Vermeulen said since the opening of its early operations in March 2013, the port has received more than 500 different vessels
Port workers plan strike against move to repeal Act
The Water Transport Workers’ Federation of India intends to go on a nation-wide strike in major ports shortly against the Shipping Ministry’s move to repeal the Major Port Trust Act, 1963, and to facilitate this with the Major Port Authority Bill, 2016.
As a prelude to the strike, WTWFI – one of the five major federations of port and dock workers — decided to organise a 48-hour Sathyagraha in Willingdon Island on May 23 to 25, highlighting that the proposed Port Authority Bill would be detrimental to port and dock workers.
C.D. Nandakumar, president of the federation, alleged that the proposed enactment of the Bill is a deliberate attempt to convert major ports into an authority and later make it companies before privatising. The federation’s assessment was that the land bank worth 1.25 lakh acres in major ports would be the main attraction for corporates and MNCs investing in the port sector.
The new Bill, according to WTWFI, has totally neglected the interests of labour, although workers are the main stakeholders in port operations. The Bill stipulates a single labour nominee against the two at present. Moreover, the labour nominee’s appointment would be carried out through a notification from amongst persons, who in the opinion of the Government, are capable of representing the interests of the employee.
From this, it is clear that the government’s intention is to make the voice of labour feeble and to nominate a worker as per its political choice, he said.
Source: Hindu Business Line