Crisis Hits Govt-Run HAL: Over 10,000 Workers Go On Indefinite Strike Over Low Wages (excerpt)
(Source: India Today; posted October 14, 2019)
BENGALURU, India --- Over 10,000 workers of state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) began an "indefinite strike" starting Monday after talks with the management over wage revision failed to end the stalemate.

"We are observing strike in all nine units of HAL all over India. More than 10,000 employees here are on strike and as a result work has come to a standstill," the HAL's 9 trade unions' general secretary S Chandrasekha chief convener Suryadevara Chandrashekhar told PTI.

All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHALTUCC) on Sunday announced that they would go on indefinite strike after talks with the management ended in failure.

"As talks and reconciliation efforts with the management failed on our demands, especially wage revision, we are going ahead with the indefinite strike from Monday as per the notice we served a fortnight ago (September 30) in compliance with the labour laws," S Chandrasekhar was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

However, HAL on Sunday said the workers have decided to go ahead with the "indefinite strike" despite the PSU making "all-out efforts" to avert it. An apex body of the employees’ unions said the management 'refused' to consider their "fair and reasonable demands".

The employees’ unions of the Bengaluru-headquartered HAL have served notice at all locations of the Defence PSU to go on the indefinite strike from Monday with regard to settlement of wage revision effective from January 1, 2017. (end of excerpt)

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HAL Management Makes All Out Efforts to Avert Workers' Strike Tomorrow
(Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.; issued Oct. 13, 2019)
BENGALURU, India --- The Unions at HAL have served Notice at all locations to go on indefinite Strike from 14th October 2019 with regard to settlement of Wage Revision effective from 1.1.2017.

In this regard, Conciliation proceedings have commenced at all locations and the Labour authorities have advised the Unions to desist from agitation / strike and come to an amicable solution in consultation with Management. Management has also persuaded the Unions to desist from any confrontation / agitation and come forward for discussions with reasonable expectations.

2. Against this backdrop, keeping in view the overwhelming sentiment amongst majority of the employees for amicable and expeditious resolution of the issues and the overall interest of the Organization, Management with a view to conclude the Wage Revision of Workmen conducted meeting with the representatives of the recognized Unions on 12th & 13th October 2019; 11th in the series of meetings held so far. During the first day a stock of the issues settled and a few pending issues was taken.

Management has also offered to enhance allowances under Cafeteria system @ 22% for workmen in Scale-1 to 10 & 20% for workmen in Special Scale as against uniform rate of 19% offered earlier and also assured that all the workmen will stand benefitted in terms of allowances on account of introduction of Cafeteria system. On the 2nd day of the negotiation, after lot of deliberations, Management offered revised rate of Fitment benefit @11%.

During the negotiations, the Wage negotiation committee also apprised the Unions the ill-effects of resorting to any Strike / agitation jeopardizing the interest of the employees / Organization & the Nation at large.

3. Despite Management’s concerted efforts towards bringing an amicable / early Wage settlement, unions unfortunately have adopted a recalcitrant approach and did not accept the Offer and decided to resort to indefinite Strike; in spite of Management’s appeal not to resort to an indefinite Strike and resolve the issue in a spirit of accommodation.


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