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India dockworkers defer nationwide strike for one week

Indian dockworker unions have tentatively agreed to defer a nationwide indefinite strike that was to begin March 9 by a week, setting the stage for negotiations between the stakeholders to reach a settlement.

The decision came after the chief labor commissioner appealed to union leaders to allow until March 16 to hold further consultations on the workers’ list of demands. … The workers are concerned that reform measures announced by the Modi government with the goal of attracting more private investment and enhancing port efficiency could eventually lead to total privatization of the major ports, which currently employ about 50,000 workers.

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