HEC strike: 50% salary of June released but workers to continue stir

Ranchi/Jamshedpur: Even as 50% of the pending salaries of June were released on Monday with an assurance to pay the remaining amount by end of this month, the ongoing indefinite stir at Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) is unlikely to end anytime soon as workers of the 60-year old company continued with their tools down stir for the 12 day today. 

Since December 2, all workers of HEC began their stir demanding payment of salaries/wages which are pending since last six month. Many rued the fiscal stress they and their families are undergoing amid the covid-19 pandemic due to no salaries. The strike has hit productions in all three key units of the company namely Foundry and Forge Plant, Heavy Machine Tools Plant and Heavy Machine Building Plant. Sources said that the stir has adversely impacted work orders to the company across different sectors such as railways, defense, among others. Besides workers, officers of the company too are unpaid since May, said sources. While last week, HEC’s CMD Nalin Singhal, who is also head of BHEL, had rushed to Ranchi after being directed by ministry of heavy industries to strike truce, but the talks failed to end the deadlock.

HEC spokesperson Abhay Kant talking to reporters confirmed the developments stating that they are trying to restore normalcy soon. Workers unions however maintained that they will continue with their stir. A senior office bearer of Hatia Mazdoor Union said, “The strike will be on till salaries are released fully. At least, three months salaries must be paid immediately. We are ready to work on war-footing but not without salaries as we too have families.”