India’s major ports face a new threat of labor stoppages in April after the government cleared new legislation reforming the public port system, the Journal of Commerce reports.
Labor groups representing dockworkers employed at major Indian ports has voted to stage an indefinite nationwide industrial action starting April 19 to press for changes in the Major Ports Authority Bill 2016.
The new law, which is set to replace the Major Port Trusts Act 1963, will transform major port trusts into independent companies with greater operational and financial autonomy and deregulate pricing so they can better compete with private rivals, commonly known as minor ports.
Dockworker unions are expected to serve a 15-day strike notice to respective port authorities shortly. In the meantime, labor leaders exhorted workers to hold extensive campaigns across the country to highlight the core issues.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates once available