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India’s major public ports – already under growth pressure because of increasing competition from non-government cargo handlers led by Adani Group – face a renewed threat of labour stoppages after the government cleared new legislation reforming management systems.

Trade unions representing dockworkers have voted to stage an indefinite nationwide strike on or after 15 December, to press for various demands, notably consultation on the new Major Port Authorities Act.

“Immediate action may be taken to discuss the rules of the act with the recognised (labour) federations as assured by the management,” a consortium of labour groups said in a notice to port authorities.

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