Dispute Over Corporatisation Of OFB Should Be Settled Through Negotiations : Shiva Gopal Mishra

Mishra writes to Cabinet Secretary and says draconian action like EDSO 2021 is not justified

After the Central Trade Unions and many MPs have protested against the EDSO 2021 promulgated by the government, banning strike in the Defence industry, now Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary Staffside of National Council(JCM) has written to the Cabinet Secretary on 2/7/2021 referring the decisions taken in the National Council(JCM) to discuss the dispute raised by the Federations so as to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. He has also protested against the EDSO-2021 and demanded for its withdrawal and reiterated for negotiated settlement.

Shiva Gopal Mishra Convener of the National Joint Council of Action for Central Government employees have also informed that on the 8th of July 2021 when the Defence Employees are observing Black Day against EDSO 2021 the entire Central Govt. Employees including Railways, Postal, Income Tax and others also will join in the agitation extending solidarity with the Defence Employees. A copy of the Secretary/Staffside letter dtd. 03/07/2021 addressed to the Cabinet Secretary is reproduced here for benefit of the viewers of www.indianpsu.com

Sub: Implementation of decision taken in the National Council(JCM) Meeting held on 26/06/2021 and appeal to withdraw the Essential Defence Services Ordinance 2021.

Dear Sir,
The issue of the impact of Govt. decision on Corporatising the 41 Ordnance Factories and splintering the same in to 7 Corporations were discussed in the National Council(JCM) meeting held under your Chairmanship on 26/06/2021. The Staff side have unanimously demanded to withdraw the decision taken to Corporatise the 220 years old 41 Ordnance Factories in to 7 Corporations and have also requested to hold discussions with the Federations of Defence Civilian Employees to sort out the issue. After discussion you have directed Secretary(DP) to start negotiations with the Defence Employees Federations. In the meantime it is very much shocking to note that the Govt. of India has promulgated the Essential Defence Services Ordinance 2021 banning the strike in Defence Industry and also incorporating the provisions to take criminal actions against the employees calling the strike and participating in the strike. Any employee can be dismissed according to EDSO-2021 without even conducting an Inquiry. This is a clear violation of the constitutional protection available to the Central Govt. Employees as Industrial workers, the legal rights available in the Industrial Dispute Act 1947. The committed and devoted employees of Ordnance Factories doesn’t deserve such a in human treatment from the Govt. of India.

The Industrial Dispute raised by the Federations of the Defence Civilian Employees can be settled through negotiations and discussions instead of resorting to any draconian action like EDSO-2021 etc. Therefore we request your kind intervention in the matter and as decided in the National Council(JCM) negotiations may start with the Federations of Defence Civilian Employees, so that a mutually agreed settlement can be reached in the interest of harmonious industrial relations and also to avoid any confrontation between the Govt. employees and the Government.

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