Government offices paralyze as State employees go on strike in Kerala

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016,12:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | A section of pro-Opposition State government employees and teachers in Kerala began a day’s strike on Tuesday to press for implementation of the 10th State Pay Commission report with retrospective effect.

The industrial action was called by the CPI (M)-led Kerala NGO Union and the CPI-led Joint Council of State Service Organizations (JCSSO) and other pro-Opposition organizations. They have accused the government of having subverted the principle of pay revision by delaying implementation of the Pay Commission report over six months ago. The Pay Commission was appointed in November 2013 with the promise of pay revision in six months. The government had extended the tenure of the Commission four times. The government has not so far taken a stand on when the Commission’s recommendations would take effect.

The other main demands raised by striking organizations include a moratorium on reducing the number of posts in government cadres, and concrete action to prevent price rise.

The government has decided to invoke the ‘dies non’ (no work, no pay) principle to tackle the strike. It has also been warned that wages of those who join the strike would be cut from their February salary.

Around 90 percent of the government offices are reportedly not functioning. Only those employees who are members of the organizations that oppose the strike have reached their offices.

Meanwhile, the leaders and cadres of striking organizations tried to prevent those employees who came to work.