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Adani Port talks with Gangavaram Port workers remain stalled

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Negotiations between Adani Ports and striking workers at the Gangavaram Port in Visakhapatnam have reached a stalemate. The workers, who have been protesting for better wages and working conditions, continue to hold out for their demands.

The striking workers, primarily from local fishing communities, have not seen a salary increase in 14 years, despite the port’s substantial profits. Their main demands include a minimum monthly wage of ?36,000, health benefits, and better job security. They argue that their current wages, which range from ?3,700 to ?18,000 per month, are insufficient, especially given the increasing cost of living and the significant profits generated by the port.

The situation escalated on May 14th, when protestors clashed with police. Nearly 600 workers attempted to breach the port’s barricades, resulting in physical confrontations. The protestors are adamant that the management needs to address their grievances, particularly the disparity in wages compared to those at the Visakhapatnam Port, a public entity.

The Adani Group, which acquired a majority stake in Gangavaram Port in 2021, has been criticised for not addressing these long-standing issues. The workers? union has highlighted that even after the change in management, their living conditions have not improved. They also demand the reinstatement of workers who were dismissed for participating in union activities.

As tensions continue, the port’s operations have been significantly disrupted. Labour unions have threatened to intensify their actions if their demands are not met soon. This ongoing industrial action highlights the broader issues of worker rights and corporate responsibility within India’s rapidly expanding port sector.

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