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Trailer operators go on a flash strike

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CHENNAI: Trailer operators went on a flash strike at one of the terminals of the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) on Wednesday morning.

Talking to TheHindu, a Chennai Container Terminal (CCT) official said that initially the trailer operators were demanding entry for the cleaners along with them inside the terminal. Later, they changed their stand and added more demands to their list. However, cleaners are refused entry inside CCT due to safety reasons.

K. Asai Thambi of Anna Labour Union said that their long pending demand included shifting of Customs check point to 2A gate instead of ‘0' gate, as it was difficult for trailers to move in or move out.

The new arrangement resulted in congestion and trailers were seen stranded for over 10 km.

The congestion curbed the movement of local people and it often led to frequent quarrels with the trailer operators.

“We approached Chennai Port Trust, Customs and Traffic Police for a solution. Since, there was no response from them for the last few months, we decided to halt the operations,” Mr. Asai Thambi said.

A ChPT official said “every time trailer operators come out with a different excuse. This time, they are blaming the terminal operators. The movement of bulk cargo is slow. Though we are trying to solve the issue, none of the top trade union representatives has come forward for talks.”

An official release from CCT said “The seaside operations are functioning as usual. Out of the three vessels, loading and unloading operations have been completed with regard to two vessels and the third one will be completed by Thursday afternoon. We are working on a war-footing to solve the issue. Currently, no vessels are waiting for berth.”

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