More than 80,000 workers from key Defence manufacturing units went on a strike bringing production to a complete halt. The agitation is part of a nationwide month-long strike of over 80,000 ordnance workers from 41 factories, against the proposed ‘corporatisation’ of the factories by the government. Civilian workers affiliated to three major unions are part of the strike. In a letter to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the General Secretaries of the three unions had said, “The fact that the future life of more than 82000 employees and their family members will be ruined in case Ordnance Factories become a Corporation or PSU. Out of the 82000 employees more than 44000 are recruited after January 2004 and at the age group of 25 to 40 years. They have all joined the Ordnance Factories with lot of aspiration and expectations.
Published On: Aug 20, 2019