Ordnance Factory Employees to go on 30 Days Strike against corporatization of OFB

According to Defence Ministry Sources, the Central Government is all set to Corporatize 41 Ordnance Factories to bring more accountability and enhance efficiency. But the 82000 Employees of this 218 year old organisation are fearing that their Job Security will be at risk. Hence three Defence Federations have decided to protest against this proposal and declared 30 days Strike from 20-8-2019 to 19-9-2019 . Three Federations made Joint representation to Minister of Defence to withdraw the decision of the Central Government. The following demand was made in the representation.

APPEAL TO THE HON’BLE RM

We appeal to your honour considering all the above aspects and also 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 / PSU. Out of the 82000 employees more than 44000 are recruited after 01.01.2004 and at the age group of 25 to 40 years. They have all joined the Ordnance Factories with lot of aspiration and expectations. Their Pension right is already taken away since they are governed under the no guarantee NPS Pension Scheme. They have planned their life requirement based on the present income which they are getting as wages from the Ordnance Factories. All these will be completely disturbed and destroyed for no fault of theirs. All of them including the young talented Officers and Workers are worried about their future which has now become uncertain. Therefore, in the interest of national security and achieving self reliance in Defence the decision of corporatization of OFB may be withdrawn.

CONCLUSION

In view of all the above justifications given by us, the three Federations unanimously have come to the conclusion that corporatization of OFB is not going to help either the Armed Forces or the employees and hence to outright reject the same and we propose that the Ordnance Factories should continue to remain in its present structure and if the Government wants further improvement in the functioning of the Ordnance Factories. we are open for a discussion and a negotiated settlement in this regard.

We are confident that the Hon’ble RM will appreciate the concern expressed by us and do the needful by withdrawing the proposed decision of corporatizing the Ordnance Factories.

It is also pertinent to mention here that considering the un helpful nature of the Government so far on the subject matter the three Federations have now decided to observe one month (30 days) 20/08/2019 to 19/09/2019 strike by the employees of Ordnance Factories and DGQA Units attached with Ordnance Factories demanding to withdraw the decision of the Government to Corporatize the Ordnance Factories.

Awaiting for your earlier and favourable response please.

Yours Sincerely,

(C. SRIKUMAR)
GENERAL SECRETARY
AIDEF

(R. SRINIVASAN)
GENERAL SECRETARY
INDWF

(MUKESH SINGH)
GENERAL SECRETARY
BPMS

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