Employee unions file plaint against dept of defence production | India News


BENGALURU: The three recognised federations of defence employees — the All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), the Indian National Defence Workers Federation (INDWF) and the Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) — on Wednesday said they have lodged a complaint against the department of defence production (DDP).
“This complaint is being lodged by us against the employer (DDP) for blatantly violating the conciliation proceedings/settlement reached between the three recognised federations and the department October 9, 2020, in the presence of the chief labour commissioner-central — CLC(C),” the federations said in a statement.
The federations said that the Centre had, in violation of the past written assurances and agreements, arbitrarily announced on May 16, 2020 that the ordnance factories would be converted into a Corporation/multiple Corporations.
The federations said that since their representation against the decision did not yield results, they had, after following due procedures, given a strike notice. On receipt of a copy of the same, the CLC(C) convened the conciliation proceedings on October 9, 2020.
“…After prolonged discussions, it was agreed that since the matter is sensitive and require discussions and deliberations at the highest level of the government, and the representative of employer, Puneet Agarwal, a joint secretary, said that the meeting with secretary-Defence Production and empowered group of ministers can be arranged so the unions can put forward their issues and grievances pertaining to the disputes before them. Union representatives stated that till the pendency of conciliation proceedings in ongoing Industrial Disputes, no change should be made by the employer,” the statement read.
However, the federations said that the government is going ahead with the move, which has prompted them to file the complaint.
While presenting a list of various moves made by the government despite the agreement with the unions, the federations said: “In view of the facts brought out clearly establishing violation of the conciliation settlement by DDP we request the CLC(C) to proceed in the matter in accordance with the statutory provisions under Industrial Disputes (ID) Act, 1947.”
They have sought the labour commissioner to direct Secretary(DP) to not proceed with the OFB Corporatisation process in accordance with the conciliation settlement and to abide by the provisions of the relevant sections of the ID Act.
“Failing this, we’ve requested that action be taken against the employer and the erring officials of DDP for violation of the conciliation settlement. Also, we want the dispute raised by us to be referred to for adjudication, since the employer is not honouring the conciliation settlement,” the statement read, adding that the federations will have the liberty to revive the indefinite strike, which was deferred due to the conciliation settlement.



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