Goa employees on indefinite strike from Monday

6 years ago | 21-03-2011 | IBNS

Panaji, Mar 20 : Goa government employees have decided to continue pen down strike on Monday raising a question mark on the functioning of state legislative assembly during the day.

Around 5000 government employees would go on indefinite strike demanding upgrading their pay scales, which has been their long pending demand.

The state government has invoked Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) after Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava failed to resolve the call given by the Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA) on their demands.

Notwithstanding the ESMA invoked, GGEA President Mangaldas Shetkar said that they are adamant on the strike.

The Association had suspended their strike in February after Chief Minister Digambar Kamat assured to heed to their demands. The grievances were later not even talked about after which the Association decided to resume their strike till the government issued an order.

We will continue with our strike till the government orders uniformity in pay scales across the ranks and not selectively to their favourite employees. We have made all arrangement to make our pen-down strike successful, Shetkar said.

The Government has issued a circular urging all employees to desist from joining the strike and not to be misled by the Association. It has simultaneously ordered action against those who do not report for work.

Employees failing to perform the duty or disobeying the directions will be viewed seriously and absence from work will be decided as unauthorized. The employees participating in the strike or found not discharging their assigned duties during the strike period shall be treated as absent and the principle of 'no work no pay' will be invoked in all such unauthorized absence, the press release issued by the state Information and Publicity said.