As www.indianpsu.com has already informed our viewers the Ordnance Factory employees and their Trade Unions are getting more and more support for their indefinite strike against Corporatization of Ordnance Factories. Initially the strike action was spearheaded by the three recognized Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees namely AIDEF, INDWF and BPMS. Now the LPF and TUCC affiliated NPDEF and Bahujan Samaj Party’s AIBDEF have also join hands with the recognized Federations. A joint meeting of all the 5 Federations AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS, NPDEF and AIBDEF was held on 27.06.2021 and have unanimously taken a decision to fight till the last against the retrograde decision taken by the Government. Already all the Central Trade Unions including AITUC, INTUC, HMS, CITU and BMS and Federations like AIRF, AIBEA and Confederation of Central Government Employees have extended their support to the struggle started by the Federations to save the Ordnance Factories and its Employees. The Staff Side of the National Council (JCM) which represents 32 lakh Central Government Employees have also jointly protested to the Cabinet Secretary against the Government’s decision. The Federations have now decided to approach all the State Chief Ministers and all Political Parties seeking their support against this decision which was taken without any application of mind. In a press release issued jointly by the 5 Federations, they have informed that the following decisions are taken unanimously by them.
1) Federations and Unions to serve the Indefinite Notice on 08/07/2021 and to commence the Indefinite strike from 6 AM of 26/07/2021 . Since it is a revival of the deferred indefinite strike no strike ballot is required to be taken and no six weeks notice is to be given. Model strike notice / revival intimation letter will be forwarded to all the Unions for issuing the strike notice. The Federations will issue joint strike notice and independent strike notice to the Government.
2) During the intervening period campaigning programmes and mobilisation programmes should be conducted by the local Joint Action Committees. All the left out unions at the factory level should be included in the Joint Action Committee.
3) Letters seeking support from all the Chief Ministers and leaders of the political parties, Members of the Parliamentary Defence Standing Committee etc., will be issued both jointly by the Federations and also by the local Joint Action Committees in the respective states.
4) Unions of other Directorates to observe solidarity and support programmes including one day strike to be decided by the Federations.
5) National level campaigning programmes to be conducted from 08/07/2021 will be finalised shortly. In the meantime local level gate meetings, posterings, press coverage, campaigning through social media, demonstrations etc by the local level Joint Action Committee should be decided and implemented.
6) Affiliated Unions may keep their Federations informed about all the action programmes and suggestions, if any for intensifying the agitation.
7) The meeting thanked the Central Trade Unions and also the Staff Side of the National Council JCM for extending all support to the struggle of the employees of Ordnance Factories.
The Federations have communicated their decision to Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister. The Federations of Defence Employees have now blown the bugle against the Government decision which the Federations says as a historical mistake and historical blunder, whereas Rajnath Singh says it is a historical decision. Who is correct, who is wrong we have to wait and watch.