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KOCHI: A committee headed by Cochin Port Trust Chairman Paul Antony and comprising representatives of trade and industry, container trailer owners, police, transport authority and the Public Works Department will look into the issues raised by the Cochin Container Carrier Owners' Welfare Association, which had threatened an indefinite strike from midnight of Sunday.
A spokesman for the Welfare Association told The Hindu that the strike had been put off for 15 days following the formation of the committee. The committee was formed after representatives of container carrier owners met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's in the State capital on Monday.
The container carrier owners had threatened to withdraw their services indefinitely to protest against what they alleged was harassment by the transport authority under the Motor Vehicles Department.
The spokesman for container carrier owners claimed that the carriers were being fined heavily allegedly for carrying parcels beyond the permitted levels. The postponement of the strike comes as a breather for the trading community and the port users here as a strike would have paralyzed the entire cargo movement to and from the International Container Transshipment Terminal.
The container carrier owners are positive that the committee would address all the issues raised by them and would arrive at an acceptable solution. Trade bodies and chamber of commerce and industry in the city had called on the Government to intervene in the matter in view of the growing importance of the transhipment terminal, which would have been badly hit by a transport strike.
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