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HAL workers’ union seeks jobs for employees dependents who have died of Covid

The workers’ union at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has sought employment for eligible dependents of workers who have died of Covid 19 across all units of the public sector aircraft manufacturer in the country, according to a report published in Indian Express.

In a June 9-letter to HAL CMD R Madhavan, the convenor of the All India HAL Trade Unions Coordination Committee (AIHTUCC), Suryadevara Chandrasekhar, has stated: “We have lost around 90 employees across India to Covid. There have been over 60 deaths in Bengaluru alone and also deaths at the Lucknow, Nasik and Kanpur units. Many colleagues and well-wishers who were between 35 and 45 years of age have died.”

“We have made representations to the management to provide employment to spouses or the children of those who died — if they are eligible. The management is yet to respond,” he said.

“Being a Navratna PSU, HAL should be a model employer in this pandemic situation and families of the deceased employees should be extended relief through all possible means,” the AIHTUCC convenor said in the letter to the HAL CMD.

The letter further states that the deceased employees were middle-aged and their families were totally dependent on their earnings.

HAL has around 25,000 employees at its units located in nine different parts of the country with a major chunk of the employees being at Bengaluru units..

In March 2020, HAL had pledged Rs 20 crore from its CSR fund to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund and HAL employees pledged one day’s salary amounting to Rs. 6.25 crore to the fund.