HEC: After 40-day stir, work resumes at country’s oldest PSU

Ranchi: The 40-day tools down strike at Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), one of the oldest public sector undertakings in the country, officially ended on Tuesday with scores of workers returning back to work after signing of a bipartite agreement.

Since December 2 last year, works crippled production at the plant by going on mass strike seeking payment of unpaid wages for the past six months. As the situation worsened with continuance of the strike, production at all the three plants came to a halt.

Several rounds of negotiations too failed to break the ice but HEC management today succeeded in pacifying the protestors to return work after assuring them timely monthly payments and promise of not resorting to any pay cut during the strike period. Workers too decided to give up their demand of a one-time payment of pending six months leading to a bipartite agreement between the company and representatives of all trade unions.

As per the agreement now, after payment of one month’s salary given on January 10, company will work towards providing another 15 days wages by this month end. And from next month, salaries will be paid every month subject to workers’ cooperation and production.

Harendra Yadav, working president, Hatia Mazdoor Union speaking to reporters today confirmed the developments. “HEC also promised not to take any disciplinary action against any worker for going on strike and will speed up payment of pending salaries.”