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HAL management files case against workers

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Nashik: The management of HAL termed the strike by workers illegal and filed a civil suit in the court at Pimpalgaon Baswant. The summons of the suit has been sent to 14 office bearers of worker union including chairman Bhanudas Shelke, Jitendra Jadhav and Pravin Tidme. They have been asked to present in the court today (Oct 19) and to table their sayings.

The HAL workers have been on indefinite strike since October 14, 2019, demaning fair and reasonable wage contract and other demands. The management however has termed this strike illegal and filed as case against the striking emloyees.

Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar who was on district tour met the striking HAL workers in the morning on Friday and held interactions with them. “Whenever there was an issue of the country’s security, HAL workers have worked day and night and stood in support of the country.

However, due to the wrong policies of the current central government, the time has come for HAL workers to observe strike. I am with the workers and after the end of assembly elections, I shall help arrange a meeting between the representatives with the Union Defence Minister.

Issues regarding the pay agreement of workers will be solved’, he assured. Pawar said, “When I was Defence Minister, a project to manufacture airplanes and other defence equipments through HAL was undertaken. Thereafter the plant had got a contract of Sukhoi.

Now the central government decided to buy Rafael airplanes. It is a good decision but I still do not understand why the contract was given to Reliance instead of HAL. The contract was given to those who did not prepare a paper plane and have no such experience.”

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