Suppression of the Defense Strike: the Central Government issued ordinance.
Suppression of the Defense. The authoritarian policies of the Central Government are increasing day by day. The country is moving forward with an undemocratic attitude that there should be no barriers to what they do to fill the corporate pockets with wealth. The Modi government on Wednesday issued an ordinance directing employees and workers in the latest defense services not to raise concerns or take part in the strike.
The Emergency Protection Services Ordinance (EDSO) -2021 was issued in the wake of a call by unions for an indefinite strike from May 26 against the central cabinet’s decision to split the Defense Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into seven and hand it over to corporations. The unions are outraged by the ordinance. The CITU said in a statement on Thursday that the central government had issued the ordinance as part of its crackdown on the united struggle of defense workers.
He also condemned the Centre’s treatment of defense workers who were concerned about protecting the country’s interests. According to a gazette notification issued by the Union Ministry of Justice, the ordinance covers employees engaged in the manufacture, services, and any industry activities linked to the military, as well as employees involved in the repair and maintenance of defense products.
The ordinance prohibits the initiation of an illegal strike or participation in an ongoing strike, punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both. The ordinance states that inciting others to join a strike is punishable by up to two years in prison with a fine. At a cabinet meeting on May 16, the central government decided to dismantle the 200-year-old OFB and split it into seven state-owned corporations.
The central government says the decision was taken to increase defense productivity, accountability, efficiency, competitiveness, and professionalism. However, the unions point out that the government’s claim is a hoax and that it is working to privatize the strategically crucial defense sector. The Center said the move was part of a pre-plan to split the OFB into seven corporate entities and hand over the profitable ones to the private sector.
CITU condemns the ordinance
The CITU said in a statement that it condemned the ordinance, which was aimed at suppressing the united struggle of defense workers. The Ordinance criticized the central government for taking a destructive decision to pave the way for the privatization of factories under the OFB.