The hunger strike by around 200 seafarers of the state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) entered 3rd day, demonstrating against SCI’s failure to increase their wages.
According to an agreement concluded in March 2015 by of the National Maritime Board India, SCI was required to raise seafarers’ wages by about 30%. However, the company has not revised waves for over an year.
The indefinite hunger strike seeking immediate revision of seafarers’s wages in accordance with the clauses of the National Maritime Board India, has been launched by seafarers deployed on about 15 vessels operated by SCI.
All members of Indian National Seafarers Association ( INSA)have already implemented revised wages together with outstanding payments; however, SCI has not yet implemented the agreed clauses despite being a member of INSA.
Reference : Times of India/ Business-Standard