The Trade Union Coordination Committee on Monday staged a protest against the alleged indiscriminate stance of the officials while inspecting the container lorries on the National Highway. They registered their protest by driving the container lorries from Kundannoor to National Highway during morning hours. The protestors said that as their vehicles coming from distant places through the National
Highway were being rerouted through small roads and have to endure huge time consumption and money.
“We are forced to travel an additional distance of around 30 km and also have to put in extra hardwork. But, unfortunately this rule is not applicable to other heavy vehicles, including trailers which carries huge vehicles from other states,” they said.
The committee pointed out that this would affect the cargo traffic in the port.
“We have raised this issue before the officials and have asked them to settle the confusion by submitting a memorandum. The Labour Minister had called a meeting on January 25 in Thiruvananthapuram. We stopped our protest plans after the Labour Commissioner assured that the issues pertaining to the container vehicles will be settled in the presence of the Chief Minister. But those promised were not kept. In this wake, we were left with no other alternative other than resort to protest. The cargo could be taken through the Highway on Monday only after the protest meeting.
P S Ashiq, chairman, Trade Union Cordination Committee presided over. General convener Charles George, K J Maksi, B Hamsa, Benedict Fernandes, Vishwambaharan, C A Manoj, Chandradas and P K Prasad spoke.
They said that the Port Trust, DP World and other officials are doing nothing to solve the issues plaguing the port.
“A urgent high level meeting should be convened at the earliest to solve these pending problems,” they added.