Employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are preparing to go on an indefinite strike starting 14 October, 2019. They are seeking fair salary revision. The employees have been expressing their displeasure ever since 2017, when the management had announced that salary increments would be given only every 10 years instead of five. At that time, the All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHALTUCC) had, after several meetings and discussions, decided to accept the 10-year periodicity of hikes, on the condition that the increments will be significant and to the satisfaction of the employees.
However, the workers were not satisfied with their hikes. They received only an eight per cent increment in gross pay, while the executives were said to have received better hikes, even going up to 35 per cent.
The workers argue that the reasons given to them for their low increments should also apply to the executives’ hikes. They feel it is not fair for the executives to be given higher increments if the management claims that it cannot afford better hikes for the workers. The workers are demanding that the wages of executives be taken back with arrears as per the 2017 wage revision.
In the absence of any settlement pertaining to the wage revision of employees, which has been long overdue, the workers’ unions are left with no other option but to resort to an indefinite strike to get the management to take action.