Officials from the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Department of Defence Production met with union leaders representing the workforce of the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) on 14 August to try to prevent a strike later this month that will cause an estimated 85,000 OFB defence workers to down tools for several weeks.
The MoD said in a press release that its officials met with representatives from unions including the All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF), the Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Bhartiya Pratiksha Mazdoor Sangh, and the Confederation of Defence Recognized Association.
The MoD said the unions plan the strike, which the unions have said will last for one month, to begin on 20 August. It added, “The meeting lasted for nearly two hours, in which both parties constructively engaged themselves in a candid and open discussion of each other’s viewpoint. It was decided to keep the process of dialogue open to arrive at a mutual understanding.”
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