Strike by contractual labourers’ union of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Sunabeda in Koraput district entered its ninth day on Thursday following a series of failures in the talks with HAL authorities in response to the 35-point demands of the union.
The demands included settlement of wages and other benefits of HAL in favour of the contractual labourers that were raised by the union.
According to Sadhu Chatria, president of the union, the management had betrayed the workers by not keeping its promises in the past.
Further, in the recent talks with the union on 26 February following strike by the union in front of the HAL plant, HAL management had exhibited an indifference towards the real concerns of the workers, which had compelled them to walk out of the negotiations, he alleged.
The union members since then had been launching fresh rounds of agitation by blocking roads to the plant area apart from disrupting water supply to the township and plant at different times.
Since the union stuck to its demands and resorted to blockade, prohibitory orders under Section 144 was imposed by the police in the plant area yesterday and the agitators were vacated from the site.