Employees unions of all the defence PSUs — HAL, BEL, BEML, BHEL — and other central PSUs have served strike notices and will be boycotting work on November 26 over multiple government of India policies.
Among major demands of the workers are withdrawal of labour codes, circular on forced premature retirement of PSU and government employees, provision of pension to all, scrapping of new pension scheme, stoppage of further disinvestment or privatisation of public sector corporatisation of government-run manufacturing and service entities.
Suryadevara Chandrashekhar, convenor of workers’ Joint Action Front (JAF) and general secretary of HAL employees union told TOI: “Other than multiple CPSUs and defence PSUs, workers from oil companies have also extended support to our strike. The government is try to create an environment devoid of workers’ rights. Aside from this we are also protesting other policies that are anti-people.”
The national convention of workers, organised jointly by the Central Trade Unions (CTUs) and independent national federations/associations, has condemned what it termed was an “onslaught on the basic democratic and constitutional rights of the workers, farmers and common people by the Central government.”