Protestors meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to discuss their demands of five-day week and facilities on par with Central govt. staff

The indefinite strike by Maharashtra government employees scheduled to begin on Thursday has been put off, following a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mumbai on Wednesday.

“After detailed discussions with the Chief Minister on our demands we have decided to put off the strike,” G. D.Kulthe, chief advisor of Maharashtra State Gazetted Officer Federation, said.

The federation had on February 4 announced the decision to go on an indefinite strike from February 13 after their meeting with the Chief Minister on their demands of five-day week and grant of facilities on par with Central government staff failed to yield desired result.

“We have been demanding a five-day week for quite sometime. Also, we have been demanding various facilities that are available for Central government employees. We also want retirement age of the State government employees to be increased from current 58 to 60,” Mr.Kulthe said. “We (employees) are ready to work for an additional 40 minutes every day, in order to compensate for the loss of working hours,” he said, adding their other demands of education allowance, transport allowance, and child care leave for women should also be met.

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