Kochi | The Forward Seamens Union of India (FSUI), a trade union affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions for Indian sailors, today said they would be forced to go for agitations, if the Lakshadweep Development Corporation Limited (LDCL) failed to meet their various demands, including hiking the wages and avoiding middlemen in appointing crews to ships.
Talking to reporters here, FSUI Secretary Manoj Yadav and Vice President L F Mohammed said discussions in this regard were going on and if the LDCL failed to find a solution in one month, the FSUI would forced to go for direct action.
Alleging the LDCL failed to implement the National Maritime Board (India) (NMB) agreement for the Petty Officers and Ratings working on Indian flagships on Foreign Going (FG), Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) and Home Trade ships (HT) in the ships run by them, the union leaders demand the LDCL should follow the path of Indian National Ship Association (INSA) in this regard.
They also demanded the Lakshadweep Administration take immediate steps to implement the uniform service and wages for the employees working in the ships operated by LDCL.
Stating that widespread corruption and irregularities were taking place in the recruitment as middle men were playing a key role, they said the Centre should take necessary steps to check the corruption in this field as many eligible people were not able to get jobs.