Defence employees' ultimatum

Kanpur Dec. 7. The All India Defence Employees Federation today said defence employees throughout the country would go on a 48-hour strike from December 18 if their demands were not met by the Centre by December 15.

The leaders of three federations of Defence employees had met the Defence Minister, George Fernandes, on December three last year and he had assured them that their demands would be met, the vice-president of the Federation, R.D. Pal said here.

He said they had postponed their strike on April 22 last following the assurance given by Mr. Fernandes that their demands would be met by December 15. Mr. Pal said the federations were demanding, among other things, wage hike for the master craftsmen and HS grade one employees, encashment of 300 days' leave after retirement, all defence units' works should be done under defence establishments, immediate stop to retrenchment in defence establishments and 26 per cent disinvestment, ban on privatisation of defence units and implementation of the fifth pay commission in the defence sector.

He alleged that the Government was adamant about implementing the reports of the Nair Committee and Jafa Committee which were ``against the interests'' of the defence employees.


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