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HAL: Union threatens to intensify strike, Management calls it 'Unfair'

The main issue of disagreement between the union and management is fitment or increase in basic salary benefit and allowances, which is 15% and 35% respectively for the executives while 10% and 18% for the workmen
Bengaluru: HAL looks to be 'Behaal' again and this time the reason is defence PSU's own employees' union. The union of public Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), held a relay hunger strike demanding fair revision of wages on Tuesday after alleging HAL of discriminatory practices between workmen and officers. The union members threatened to intensify their agitation if the management does not fulfil the demands. “All public sector enterprises have given executives and workmen the same fitment and perks but HAL is denying us this benefit," Suryadev Chandrashekhar, general secretary of the committee said.
"All public sector enterprises have given executives and workmen the same fitment and perks but HAL is denying us this benefit"-Employees Union

Bone of contention

The bone of contention between the union and the management is fitment or increase in basic salary benefit and allowances. The union says that executives had got 15% fitment or increase in basic salary and 35% perks but workmen were only being offered 10% fitment and 18% perks. The strike has been joined by a full spectrum of HAL-scale V to scale XI employees-across nine units in seven states, almost 18,000 employees. Chandrashekhar said that workmen wage issues have been pending since 2017 while executives wage issues were settled the same year.

Unfair strike, untenable reasons: Management

The management, on the other hand, has termed the agitation 'Unfair'. In a press statement issued on Tuesday evening, HAL said "Most of their contention is untenable. The claim of the Unions that Management is deliberately delaying wage settlement and that offers given to them are meagre, is not true, as nine rounds of discussions have already been held"
"Most of their contention is untenable. The claim of the Unions that Management is deliberately delaying wage settlement and that offers given to them are meagre, is not true, as nine rounds of discussions have already been held"
There is no justification and rationale in the demand of the Unions to extend the benefits (fitment benefit and allowances) on par or more than executives, when salary revision of executives was effected from January 1, 2017, after stipulated 10 year period. The increase in respect of officers with effect from January 1, 2017, needs to be compared with the base of January 1, 2007. On the other hand, workmen got two wage revisions of five years periodicity during the same span, it said. The views expressed by the Unions that pay scales of executives among PSUs including HAL are same whereas wages of workmen in other PSUs are more than HAL, is incorrect, it further added.