EJAC too calls off strike
'JCC TO CHALLENGE HC VERDICT IN APEX COURT'
SYED AMJAD SHAH / ZULFIKAR MAJID
Jammu/Srinagar, Apr 14: The EJAC has also called off its strike on the assurances of the Chief Minister. Its spokesman M Gafoor Dar said, “We are hopeful that the Chief Minister will invite employees for talks and hope that government would soon redress grievances of the employees.”
In Srinagar, the employees’ Joint Consultative Committee Wednesday said that it would contest the High Court decision, terming employees strike illegal, in the Supreme Court.
Immediately after his release, EJAC (Q) president and JCC member Abdul Qayoom Wani vowed to continue the struggle in a press conference. “We will challenge the High Court decision in Supreme Court as our struggle is justified.”
Qayoom announced that they have called off their strike after the Chief Minister and his several cabinet colleagues assured that “if we call off strike, our demands would be fulfilled.”
“We have shown the magnanimity and now it is the turn of the government. They should immediately fulfill the genuine demands of the employees,” he said.
Qayoom warned that incase their demands weren’t fulfilled they would revive the strike. “Some opportunistic politicians and bureaucrats are creating wedge between employees and the government. Omar Abdullah doesn’t need enemies as he has them within his system,” he added.
He congratulated the employees for showing dedication and unity, which forced the government to call employees for talks. “Despite ESMA, you made strike successful for which all the employees need appreciation. Omar Abdullah was forced to call employees for negotiations because of the strike,” he added.
Meanwhile, after decision by JCC and Secretariat Employees Union to call off strike on Tuesday, the J&K EJAC (Collective Leadership) also Wednesday decided to defer the strike.
A spokesman of the EJAC said, “After assurance from the Chief Minister and decision of High Court, which has asked the government to look into the genuine demands of employees, we have decided to defer the strike for time being.”
The EJAC urged the government to fulfill its promises now. “We hope all the arrested leaders and employees are released without any further delay.”
The EJAC thanked the employees for their commitment and unity.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:00:00 IST
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