Ready for talks with aggrieved workers: PPT

Paradip, Sep 8: As the strike launched by the Daily Labour
Roll (DLR) staff of the Paradip Port demanding a pay hike entered second
straight day on Thursday, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) today reiterated that port
administration is always ready to have open and fair discussions with the
aggrieved workers.
“Port administration is always ready to have open and fair
discussions pertaining to the welfare and genuine grievances of the employees
and workers to maintain industrial harmony and peace. Anyone interested to
discuss the issues with the management is free to come and discuss,’ a PPT statement
said on Thursday.
It said the port has awarded several work contracts to carry
out different works of the port.  Various
contractors are executing the works by engaging contract workers, and the port
administration does not involve directly in any aspects on engagement of
contract workers. 
The port’s recognised unions have put forth some issues
related to contract workers. A committee headed by the PPT Deputy Chairman was
constituted to examine the issues and submit its report within three weeks. The
committee held discussions on September 3 and asked the representatives of
unions to submit their grievances in line with the extant rules and regulations
prescribed by the Government of India for the contract workers. On receipt of
the committee’s report, the port management will examine and address the issues
as per the provisions in the rules, it added.
When proactive action has already been initiated by the port
management to address the issues of the contract workers, it is unfortunate
that some members of the Paradip Port DLRs’ and Contract Workmen’s Association
have resorted to strike since Wednesday which is uncalled for in view of the
aforesaid reasons.
The DLR workers have been demanding a minimum wage of Rs
18,000 per month.

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