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Kochi, March 17

LOADING and unloading operations in the container terminal of Kochi port returned to normalcy from Thursday afternoon following the withdrawal of the `go slow' resorted to by gantry operators.

Mr P. Padmanabhan, General Secretary of the Cochin Port Staff Association, said the Traffic Manager of the port, Mr H.C.Venkatesh, had given an assurance to the striking employees that a new scheme would be evolved and implemented forthwith.

Based on this assurance, the gantry operators had agreed to call of the undeclared strike.

According to the General Secretary, the union is not responsible for the `go slow' that had affected the productivity in the terminal in the last week. The delay tactics adopted by the management in evolving a scheme, which is pending for the last two years, has worsened the situation, he said.

The Traffic Manager, said that the port had constituted an Incentive Revision Committee in this regard and a mutually accepted scheme would be evolved before March 28 for the eligible staff in the container terminal.

Following withdrawal of the strike, normalcy returned at the port from the second shift with loading and unloading operations going on in full swing in the gantry where two container vessels are anchored.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 18, 2005)
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