Talks fail, HAL, 20,000 workers to go on an indefinite strike over low wages

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India’s aeronautics major HAL is facing a major crisis as 20,000 of its employees are all set to start an indefinite strike against the management over wage revision.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • State-run HAL has entered a new crisis as 20,000 workers are all sit to start an indefinite strike.
  • Talks between the management and employees’ union failed on Sunday.
  • The employees are protesting against HAL’s refusal to accept their wage revision demands.

Seeking fair and early settlement of wage revision-2017, the workers’ union, representing employees of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), issued a notice for an indefinite strike from October 14.

Strike notices were issued with regard to the settlement of wage revision effective from January 1, 2017, to the respective management heads of all the nine units by the All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHALTUCC).

The HAL in a release said it held conciliatory talks on Saturday and Sunday in a bid to avert the strike an offered to enhance allowance under the cafeteria system and revised rate of fitment benefit at 11 percent among others. However, the Union doesn’t seem to be convinced.

The company had contended that the revision had to be settled keeping in view the increase derived by the officers from the 2007 scales to the 2017 scales and by the workmen from the 2007 scales to the 2012 scales, and now 2012 to the 2017 scales. But the committee was not ready to accept the management’s offer of 11% fitment and 21% perks. “The HAL Management is always open to conclude the workers’ wage revision expeditiously,” the company had said in an official statement.

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