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India: Seafarers union drags shipowners to court

Thursday, 22 September 2011 | 08:00

The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) yesterday said a contempt petition has been filed against 42 ship-owners in the Bombay High Court for not paying

the special allowance to sailors handling dangerous and radioactive cargo.According NUSI, an agreement had been signed in the High Court between it and the Indian National Shipowners Association (Insa) for paying a special allowance of Rs 10,000 per month to seafarers for carrying out dangerous/radioactive materials onboard ships.The special allowance, that was to be effective from April 2008 as per the agreement, was not paid and hence the Nusi contemplated initiating contempt proceedings against Insa, a Nusi statement issued here said.The contempt petition has been filed against 42 companies which include the Shipping Corporation of India, Great Eastern, Mercator, Reliance and Varun, it added."The Nusi has a strong case as seafarers working on the high seas, under difficult conditions have been deprived of this legitimate special allowance which was agreed to in the Bombay High Court," the statement added.None of the respondents were immediately available for comment.
Source: PTI

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