Indian Dockworker Strike Postponed

Trade unions representing dockworkers at various major (or public) ports in India reportedly agreed to postpone a nationwide indefinite strike scheduled for April 19 until May 12, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

The decision of strike postponement came after preliminary talks with officials from the Ministry of Labor this Monday.

At the meeting, the chief labor commissioner suggested union representatives have another round of negotiations with officials from the Indian Ports Association (IPA) on April 21 in an attempt to reach a settlement, port sources told JOC.com.

As we reported earlier, the strike notice was jointly issued by a consortium of seven leading national labor federations calling for changes in the Major Ports Authority Bill 2016. The bill would eventually lead to total privatization of India’s major ports and their roughly 50,000 workers.

The following  ports that may be affected include Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kandla, and Mormugao.

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