Employees of public sector Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) Limited here, including officers, who are on agitation demanding implementation of their various demands, will observe a nation-wide \'protection day\' today.
Rally and public meetings would be convened here as part of the agitation, K Chandran Pillai, President, National Confederation of HMT Unions, along with other trade union leaders, told mediapersons here Thursday.
Pillai said a \'Save HMT\' national action committee, comprising unions and officers association from all HMT units has been formed recently.
The company which had 27,000 employees including officers a few years back, has only 8488 employees at present and it had a debt of Rs 1391 crore, he said.
Their demands included revival of HMT keeping it in public sector, wage revision and to make retirement age as 60.
As a part of the agitation, a national convention, would be held at Bangalore on February 16, he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had assured a delegation of the trade union leaders that he will take up the issue to Prime Minister during his visit to Delhi on February 6