Bangalore: Labour unions at the 12 central government-owned ports have deferred a planned strike from Tuesday, after the shipping ministry agreed to a five-year tenure for revising the wages of some 66,000 workers. The wages are currently revised once in 10 years.
“At a meeting on Monday, the shipping ministry has agreed for a five-year period for wage revision,” said S.R. Kulkarni, president, All India Port and Dock Workers Federation, which has a membership of about 35,000 employees. ”... we will now place our other proposals before the wage negotiation panel when it meets. Till then, we have deferred the planned strike.”