Daily-rated workers stage protest

Demand regularisation, minimum wages
Daily-rated workers stage protest
“We demand regularisation of our services. Most of us have been working on meager wages in different departments for the past 20 years,” said a protestor.Maxpixel [Creative Commons]

Srinagar: The daily-wagers working in different government departments on Thursday staged protest here to seek regularisation of their services and implementation of Minimum Wages Act in J&K.

The protestors assembled under the banner of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) at Press Enclave here and raised pro-justice slogans.

“We demand regularisation of our services. Most of us have been working on meager wages in different departments for the past 20 years,” said a protestor.

The protestors said that the daily-rated workers have already opposed referring of Class-IV posts to J&K’s recruitment agency.

Chairman of the Daily Wagers Joint Forum, Sajad Parray said that “we were forced to take to the streets as the authorities showed no seriousness in addressing their demands.”

“Our voices have gone unheard for decades now. It is high time for authorities to deliver justice to more than 61,000 daily-rated workers and their families,” he said, adding, “We demand regularisation of our services and implementation of Minimum Wages Act in J&K.”

“Our protests are peaceful and we will continue our peaceful struggle for genuine demands of daily rated workers. This is not the matter of just 61,000 daily wagers but the thousands of people associated with them in the form of their respective families,” he said.

Parray said most of the daily wagers have crossed upper age limit for government jobs. He urged the government to regularise the services of daily-rated workers engaged since 1994.

EJAC president Rafiq Ahmad Rather said that daily-rated workers have been working honestly to serve their respective department in J&K.

“Under rules, their services should have been regularized much earlier. The delay in this process is sheer injustice with them,” he said.

He added that EJAC is using its good offices to press for the demands of these workers and stands with them for their “genuine demands.”

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