have threatened to go on an indefinite strike at Cochin port, the second work
stoppage at the port within a month protesting against the system of trucks
entering the port
Cargo handling at
the Vallarpadam container terminal is likely to be paralyzed forcing shipping
lines to call off their sailing to the west coast port. Cochin port has just
got over the labor issues involving the container truck operators only last
Motor Workers’ Union launching indefinite strike on Jan 22 against the move to withdraw
the Pool system for scanning trucks
drivers affiliated to Private Motor Workers’ Union (AITUC) will launch an
indefinite strike on January 22, protesting against the move to withdraw the
Pool system for scanning trucks at the Vallarpadam container terminal,
according to left union sources.
“Under the pool
system, drivers wearing radiation-resistant gear used to take container lorries
through the scanning cabin. The designated drivers had to take over the lorry
once it reached the Customs area and take it through the cabin.
Now, the Port
authorities are planning to reintroduce the drive-through system. Besides, they
are charging `1,000 per truck for parking on the premises for more than four
hours, which is burdening us,” according to union sources.
scanning system withdrawn last year following a strike by drivers union
He said the
drive-through scanning system, which exposed the drivers to radiation, was
withdrawn last year following a strike launched by the driver’s union and truck
The system posed a
health risk to drivers and 17 drivers had to seek medical treatment due to the
ill effects of scanning, he said.
Representatives of the union will meet regional joint labor commissioner on
January 16th to press their demand.
“We will request
the cooperation of other unions to launch a joint strike,” the sources said.