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HAL trade unions withdraw strike at all 9 units

The trade unions at state-run HAL withdrew the strike at all nine units a day after the Karnataka HC restrained employees from continuing the agitation
New Delhi: The trade unions at state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) withdrew the strike at all nine units on Wednesday. This comes a day after the Karnataka High Court restrained employees from continuing the agitation. “We have stopped the strike and went back to work. The other units are also in the process of returning to work. The strike has been called off,” said Suryadevara Chandrashekhar, AIHALTUCC chief convener.

Court asks HAL to restart negotiations

“In view of the submission… (that) there are more than 10,000 workmen, it is just and appropriate to direct the Conciliation Officer to continue the conciliation proceedings and the Management to actively participate,” a copy of the court order accessed by PSU Watch showed.

Union says reconciliation has begun

“The court has asked the management to immediately go back to negotiations. It has directed the conciliation authority to look into the matter and ensure that both the parties get a settlement. Today conciliation proceedings have happened. They are ready to negotiate. And that is why all the nine units have withdrawn the strike,” said Chandrashekhar.

HAL strike caused a loss of Rs 17 cr each day

The advocate representing the HAL management said that the strike caused a loss of an average of Rs 17 crores for each day between October 14 and 16, the court order showed. An official statement released by the HAL management on October 22 said, “The High Court of Karnataka passed an interim order restraining the Hindustan Aeronautics Employees Association (HAEA), its office bearers/workmen from continuing their ongoing strike including go-slow, work to rule or any form of agitation or disrupting day-to-day activities of HAL and its offices in Bengaluru.  It is now obligatory for the HAEA to immediately call-off the strike and resume the work, failing which it would amount to contempt of the court.” “The HAEA and its members are on illegal strike since October 14.  The management of HAL had filed a writ petition in the High Court of Karnataka for a declaration that Union had no legal right to go on strike under Industrial Disputes Act and for a direction to call-off the strike,” it added.