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Kakinada, Nov. 17

THE cargo boat (and barge) workers at the old anchorage port here have given up their plan to go on strike this week following an agreement with the trade on Wednesday.

The workers had served a notice earlier this month threatening to go on strike from November 15, if the trade did not agree for a hike in handling charges.

The workers demanded a hike of more than Rs 20 per tonne from the present level of Rs 70 per tonne and after a series of talks it was finally agreed that there would a hike of roughly Rs 10 per tonne.

The agreement was arrived at in the presence of Mr Panduranga Raju, Deputy Commissioner of Labour, and others.

The old port is witnessing a flurry of activity this season with brisk rice exports, and a strike at this juncture would have hit the exports.

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