Tribune Information Service
Chandigarh, October 9
Following a conciliation assembly on Friday, the workers of the Ordnance Manufacturing unit Board (OFB) have called-off their indefinite strike proposed from October 12 to protest in opposition to the federal government’s transfer to corporatise the ordnance factories.
In July this yr, the Central authorities had determined to transform the OFB, a subordinate workplace of the Ministry of Defence that produces a variety of weapons and tools for the armed forces and different authorities companies, into one or a couple of 100 per cent authorities owned company entities registered underneath the Corporations Act, 2013.
Towards this resolution, a joint strike discover was issued by all three federations of defence civilian workers on August four, 2020 – proposing to name an indefinite strike from October 12.
In September 2020, the Defence Ministry had referred the matter to the Chief Labour Commissioner within the Ministry of Labour and Employment to provoke conciliation within the matter.
It was agreed by the representatives of the federations and officers of the Defence Ministry that throughout the pendency of on-going conciliation proceedings, the Ministry will abide by the provisions of Part 33(1) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, which stipulates that the employer can’t alter the situations of service of the workers until the conclusion of conciliation proceedings. Nonetheless, it is not going to have an effect on the federal government’s resolution to corporatise Ordnance Manufacturing unit Board, the Defence Ministry mentioned in a press release issued late this night.
The Defence Ministry has additionally acknowledged that the transfer to corporatise the OFB into authorities owned entities, which the workers’ unions had termed as unilateral and demanded its withdrawal, just isn’t privatisation and that the pursuits of the prevailing workers could be safeguarded.
Each side additionally agreed that the matter required additional discussions and deliberations.
The Defence Ministry has additionally invited the representatives of the federations to fulfill the Secretary, Division of Defence Manufacturing, and the Empowered Group of Ministers to place ahead their points and grievances.