CM – Unconstitutional Ordinance on Essential Defense Services: Elamaram Kareem


Under the regulation, a strike in the sector is illegal and can lead to a dismissal from service without investigation, arrest or detention.

Published: July 04, 2021 6:58 AM |

Last updated: July 04, 2021 1:36 PM36

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Elamaram Kareem, the chairman of the CPM in Rajya Sabha, has written to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Essential Defense Services Ordinance 2021 (EDSO). Kareem, a member of the CPM central committee, also described the EDSO as undemocratic and anti-constitutional. Under the regulation, a strike in the sector is illegal and can result in dismissal without investigation, arrest or detention.

Kareem said the Union government issued the regulation when the major associations of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) announced an indefinite strike from July 26th in protest against the government’s decision to corporation the OFB. Kareem tried to urgently withdraw the EDSO in 2021 and urged the Defense Minister to enter into dialogue with the OFB staff and step back from the decision to privatize Ordnance Factors.

T’Puram: Senior CPI Leader Binoy Viswam, MP, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for him to withdraw the Essential Defense Services Ordinance (EDSO) in 2021, which is curtailing workers’ labor rights. “The regulation gives the Center extensive and arbitrary powers to intervene in industrial relations. Instead of dealing with disputes in accordance with legal requirements, the government used an emergency provision of the law to suppress the rights of workers, ”accused Binoy Viswam.

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