A week-long strike that shut down APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India facility has ended after workers handling rubber-tired gantry crane operations and their employers at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust reached a new contract yesterday.
APM Terminals’ Gateway Terminals India resumed operations Wednesday morning, according to the Journal of Commerce, but it will take stakeholders weeks to clear up cargo backlogs and bring ship schedules back on track, according to local shipping sources.
The APMT official said the settlement came after senior port officials, including chairman Neeraj Bansal, and terminal management held talks with union leaders and representatives of RTG contractor Mahesh Enterprises.
The labor standoff was mainly over a demand by union leaders to include 194 contract workers responsible for RTG operations on the payroll of APMT Mumbai. That demand has not been met, but “…any concerns of the RTG operators will be addressed through mutual dialogue and discussions,” said Pradip Agrawal, CEO of APMT Mumbai.
The shutdown has produced long truck lines outside the other two terminals in JNPT and spurred emergency surcharge announcements by some carriers.
In a press release, APMT Mumbai said that the terminal is working smoothly and vessel calls are expected to return to schedule by the end of the week.
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