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Indian Dockworkers Threaten Nationwide Strike for Early March

(Journal of Commerce)

A nationwide indefinite dockworker strike is planned to start March 9 in India, threatening to disrupt the country’s transport systems when port volumes see a turnaround.

Labor federations, representing dockers and port workers at 12 major cargo hubs, have officially advised port authorities of their decision to walk off the job over the federal government’s economic policies, particularly a reform of publicly owned ports.

“The strike has been called against the unilateral decision of the Shipping Ministry to go ahead with reform measures without consulting the trade unions,” a federation representative said. “The ministry has taken the decision disregarding several assurances given to the federations.” […]

The planned stoppage comes as some of the leading container ports, particularly JNPT, struggle to clear up backlogged import containers amid rising volumes and limited inland transportation infrastructure. Click here to read more.