Circular No.31/2019 19th August 2019
To all Units, Office Bearers, CC & GC Members
Strike in Ordnance Factories
41 Ordnance Factories under the Ordnance Factory Board is a Departmental Organisation of the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India. Of these there are Factories of more than 200 years old and all the 41 factories are playing very important role for the defence of the country by manufacturing and providing all equipments required for the armed forces.
The Govt. of India has arbitrarily taken a decision to convert the 41 Ordnance Factories into a Corporation/Public Sector, with ultimate intention of privatising these Factories by disinvestment in line with other public sector undertakings. The three recognised Federations of the civilian employees namely, All India
Defence Employees Federation; Indian National Defence Workers Federation and Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh jointly opposed the move of corporatisation and submitted many suggestions for improvement of the Ordnance Factories. In view of the stubborn attitude of the Govt. of India, all the three Federations, supported by recognised Confederation of Defence Employees Associations and other Unions, have decided to go for a One Month Strike commencing from 20th August 2019.
It would not be out of context to mention that all the Federations held a Strike Ballot on 30th July 2019 to go for a One Month Strike in all the Ordnance Factories from 20th Aug 2019 demanding for withdrawal of the above decision of the Govt. More than 99% of the workforce voted in favour of One Month Strike and accordingly Strike Notice was served on 1st Aug 2019.
BEFI expresses its solidarity to the struggle of 82000 Defence Employees who are all set to go for on One Month Strike for the strengthening of the Ordnance Factories in the present structure with more empowerment. This is one of the important struggles against the policies of Govt. at the centre who are hell bent on dismantling all the Public Sector Undertakings of the country as a payback measure to their corporate masters. We call upon all our members throughout the country to extend all possible fraternal support to make the Strike action grand success.
(Debasish Basu Chaudhury)
Source : befi