Non Payment of incentives lead Joint demonstration by General Employees Union in front of PMB

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Port Blair, Oct 30: A joint demonstration by the General Employees Union lead by its President Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma and Port & Dock Workers Union lead by its President Mr. B. Chandrachoodan was staged in front of Port Management Board Administrative building on 30/10/2017 at 3.00 p.m. to express anguish of the workers of Andaman Labour Force and that of Shipping Godown, PMB for nonpayment of incentives for handling of cargo more than the fixed norms., payment of additional wages and night duty allowance for the past over five months despite being engaged to perform extra work.
While addressing the agitated workers, the Leaders of both unions invited the attention of the administration that the scheme for payment of incentive to stevedores of ALF was introduced by the A & N Administration during 1975 with the approval of Ministry of Affairs, Govt. of India and is very much in force as of now without any amendments. The scheme facilitates quick loading/ unloading of cargo thereby increasing the turnaround time of ships. The representatives of the Unions further said that, in view of introduction of modern cargo handling equipments in the Ports of Port Blair, a fresh “Memorandum of Settlement” for the upward revision of norms for handling various category of cargo has already been done between the Management and Union, therefore holding incentives payment of the workers is not legitimate in accordance with incentive scheme in vogue.
The demonstration was called off with the assurance given by the Chief Port Administrator to convene a joint meeting of the Administration, Port Management Board and the unions under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary who is also the chairmen of Port Management Board within a period of two-three days to settle the issue.

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