JCC strike hits work in Govt offices

Employees To March Towards Raj Bhawan Today

ZAHID MAQBOOL/ABHINAV VERMA

Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 14: Work in government offices across Jammu and Kashmir was badly affected on Friday as the employees began their two-day pen-down strike to press for fulfillment of their demands. Among other demands, the employees are seeking immediate payment of the 6th Pay Commission arrears.
The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an umbrella body of various employees associations and unions, has also decided to stage a sit-in protest outside Raj Bhawan in Jammu on Saturday amid pen-down strike.
Reports said work in government offices in all three regions of J&K—Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh—was severely hit due to the JCC’s strike call. The JCC represents over four lakh employees in the three regions.
“There was an overwhelming response to our strike call. All the government offices wore a deserted look today. The strike will continue on Saturday as well,” said the JCC leader Abdul Qayoom Wani. “We recently held protest demonstration at all 22 district headquarters of J&K and presented a memorandum to all the Deputy Commissioners regarding our demands.”
Pertinently, the confrontation between the government and employees sees no end for the past four years. Though in 2010 the government had inked a pact with the JCC over its demands, the employees’ representatives later claimed that the government backtracked from its promise.
While the JCC is now demanding a revisit on the roadmap for the release of 6th Pay Commission arrears, which is one of the key demands of the employees, the state government has been maintaining that it has no resources to immediately address the demand.
“We will not budge an inch this time. Government will have to meet our demands and then only we will give up our protest program,” Wani cautioned.
Besides release of arrears, the JCC is demanding enhancement of retirement age from present 58 years to 60 years, regularization of daily wagers and contractual staff who have completed seven years of service.
Another JCC leader, Farooq Ahmed Trali said that employees will organize a peaceful sit-in outside Raj Bhawan in Jammu and present a memorandum to the Governor. “The rally will start from Maulana Azad Stadium at around 11.00 am. More than 10,000 employees are expected to participate in the rally. Our aim is seek intervention of Governor in addressing our long-pending demands.”
The JCC has also threatened to intensify the agitation programme if its demands are not met by Saturday. “We will announce our fresh agitation programme on Saturday evening.  We are not in favour of confrontation but the government is compelling us to go on strike.”
Meanwhile dozens of employees of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and polytechnic sectors assembled at the ITI Canal Road Jammu under the leadership of JCC leader and state president of ITI employees’ union Nazir Ahmed Molvi.
Addressing the protesters, Nazir said that the high powered committee led by political advisor to Chief Minister Devinder Singh Rana had signed an agreement with the JCC leaders but the agreement was not implemented in time.
Meanwhile JCC leaders, Khursheed Alam, Abdul Gafoor Dar Nusrat Ahmed Beigh, Fayaz Shanbum, Ghulam Rasool Geelani and others thanked the employees for observing the pen-down strike.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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