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Head-load workers' strike affects cement unloading at Cochin Port

Apr, 18 2012


(India)  --  A lightning strike by head-load workers at Cochin Port has adversely affected the cement unloading operations at the Cochin Port.

The workers launched the agitation demanding hike in wages.

The workers defied the efforts of the local office of Kerala Head-load Workers Welfare Board (KHWWB) to resolve the issue. Chairman of KHWWB K P Haridas said workers should not have launched this strike when talks were on to resolve their demand for wage revisions.

The managements of the cement company and their customs agents' firm are insisting that they would take part in talks only after the workers called off their 'illegal stir'.

Kinship Services India Private Limited director M Prabhakaran said that nearly 15,000 tonne of cement is held up at the warehouse because of the stir. A vessel carrying 14,000 tonne of cement is likely to reach Cochin Port on Thursday.

Prabhakaran said that the company had agreed on a 25% hike for the workers, but the workers were adamant on a 200% increase in their wages.

Kinship Services is engaged as the customs agents for Ambuja cements.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Cochin Thuramukha Thozhilali Union (CTTU) which controls 50% of the head-load workers in the cement unloading section said they did not initiate this strike. "We are against any strike without proper notice," said CTTU leader V H Shihabuddin.

By: Rashmi Kalia (ARI-C NEWS)

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