After talks between the trade unions and the management on Tuesday, the tool-down strike of 40 days of employees in HEC ended.
A six-point agreement was reached between the management and the trade unions. As soon as the information about the agreement was received, the employees themselves returned to work. Production has started in all the three plants of HEC.
The tool down strike had started on December 02 for payment of seven months' outstanding salary. Officials signed the MoU on behalf of the management. Earlier, the information about the end of the strike was given by the HEC management on January 7, but the full work in the plants had not started. On January 8 and January 10, the employees raised slogans in front of the HEC headquarters. The HEC management was pressurized for a settlement, then the management reached a compromise.In the MoU signed between HEC management and labour unions, it has been said that on January 10, one month's salary was given to the employees. Efforts will be made to give half a month's salary by the end of the month. At the same time, regular salary will be paid to the employees from February 2022. At the same time, the matters of promotion of employees will also be executed.
Canteens in all three plants will function as before. The problems which are being faced in the pending fees of the children of the employees will also be removed immediately.
The agreement was unanimously signed by recognized union Hatia Project Workers Union, Hatia Mazdoor Union, Hatia Kamgar Union, HEC Ltd Shramik Karamchari Union, Janata Mazdoor Union, Hatia Mazdoor Union and HEC Shramik Sangh. Due to tool-down strike going on for last 40 days, where HEC has suffered a loss of Rs 40 crores, production of about 125 crores has been affected. The three plants of corporation, Heavy Machine Building Plant HMBP, Forging Forge Plant FFP and Heavy Machine Tools Plant HMTP were closed on December 2, 2021.
Due to the strike, the work of manufacturing important equipment of many companies including defence, ISRO, railway, steel plant, mining sector has been hanged. In the last month of the third quarter of current financial year 2021-22, there has been an economic loss of one crore every day due to strike, according to HEC management. Till now company has incurred a loss of 40 crores due to tool down strike. At same time, according to management, the dispatch work of many important equipment had stopped in all three plants of HEC, which will be operational.
The furnace has cooled down in FFP plant, which will take hours to heat up again, while lakhs of rupees will be spent on fuel. Now, such machines were also kept closed in the company, which is considered mandatory to keep running. These include large FFP furnaces, gas plants and other machines.