The decision came after local trade union and political leaders met Wednesday to co-ordinate strategy for the industrial action.
“We will issue a fresh strike notice today,” a labor representative said.
The strike threat follows a four-day shutdown campaign dockworkers launched in March over delays in settling compensation packages for the “project-affected persons”. According to industry estimates, the stoppage cost the port authority over $30 million in lost business.
APMT Mumbai is Nehru’s largest container facility with an annual capacity of 2.25 million 20-foot equivalent units.
Nehru operates three box terminals, including a state-owned facility and a private facility operated by DP World, which cumulatively account for almost 65 percent of India’s total containerized export and import cargo movements. Throughput for fiscal 2011-12, which ended March 31, totaled a record 4.32 million 20-foot-equivalent units.
To cope with projected growth in traffic, the port authority has embarked on a series of capacity expansion projects that include development of a fourth box terminal and dredging to accommodate deep draft ships.