Amid smearing tensions with China at the Linc of Actual Control (LAC), employees of India’s arms manufacturer Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from October 12.
The decision to go on an indefinite strike was announced following a strike ballot in June. Major federations of the defence manufacturing trade unions and employees from 41 ordnance factories and other units of OFB in India have been opposing the corporatisation of OFB.
The call for the strike is given by All India Defence Employees’ Federation (AIDEF) of the Left unions, Bhartiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS), an arm of RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Indian National Defence Workers’ Federation (INDWF), affiliated to Indian National Trade Union Congress. These federations represent around 85 per cent workers across OFB units.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD), in a letter to these federations, has termed the strike “invalid and illegal”.