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23-day strike at Cochin Shipyard ends

23-day strike at Cochin Shipyard ends - 2011-07-01

The 23-day strike by nearly 2,000 contract workers at the public sector Cochin Shipyard Ltd was called off on Thursday evening following talks between the management and trade union representatives. The strike was called off after reaching an agreement on wage revision and extending gratuity payment to around 300 workers who were not receiving it until now. The workers resumed duty from Friday morning. An agreement had been reached on payment of gratuity and a welfare fund which would be included in the wages. A basic understanding had been reached on wage revision and the finer points will be discussed within 15 days. The strike had affected work on the country's first indigenously built Air Defence ship at the shipyard, as also export orders for platform supply vessels and ship repair orders. The workers, employed by 170 small and big contractors, had struck work following a call by the Cochin Shipyard union over a wage revision dispute and other terms and conditions of employment of contract workers. Source: Business Line