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Wage Settlement for Port & Dock Workers
A wage settlement for port and dock workers was signed on 25 October in presence of the chief labour commissioner (central). On behalf of the workers, the members in the Bipartite Wage Negotiating Committee (BWNC) – 5 from All India Port & Dock Workers Federation (HMS), 2 from All India Port & Dock Workers Federation (Workers) (HMS), 2 from Indian National Port & Dock Workers Federation (INTUC), 2 from Water Transport Workers Federation of India (CITU) and 1 from Port, Dock & Waterfront Workers Federation of India (AITUC) signed the settlement.

Highlights of the Settlement: – (i) Duration of the settlement – 5 years effective from 1 January, 2012; (ii) Revised basic pay scales: Minimum Rs.13,500 – Rs.27,400; Maximum – Rs.23,600 – Rs.56,300 in 10 grades; (iii) Fitment in revised scale: existing basic-special pay-stagnation increment + VDA upto 198 points (57.14) + 10.5% of the aggregate; (iv) Rate of Annual Increment: 3% of the revised basic; Minimum – Rs.410 and Maximum – Rs.1690; (v) Dearness Allowance: 100% neutralization of quarterly average above 198 points of AICPI (2001=100) series; (vi) House Rent Allowance: Actual basic + stagnation increment – at Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata – 30%; at Visakhapatnam, Cochin, New Mangalore and Mormugao – 20%; at Kandla, Tuticorin – 15% and Paradip and Haldia – 10%; (vii) Port Allowance: Increased by 10%; (viii) Additional benefits on regular promotion; (ix) Family planning allowance; (x) Transport Reimbursement: Rs.525 plus DA; For disabled persons double the rate; (xi) Children’s Education: Annual reimbursement upto Rs.15,000 per child with maximum for two children with automatic 25% rise with 50% DA rise. For disabled child double the limit. (xii) Washing: Increased to Rs.155 and special Rs.200 per month with 25% rise with 50% DA rise; (xiii) Design Allowance: Raised to Rs.500; (xiv) Women Child Care Leave: Maximum 2 years during entire service period upto 2 children. Central government’s order shall apply. (xv) Arrears Payment: Within 2 months; (xvi) Pension: Federations’ demand – subcommittee of BWNC will discuss.( Courtesy : Working Class – December 2013)