KOCHI: The All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO) has decided to launch a nationwide indefinite strike if the sixth UGC pay review committee report is not suitably modified and implemented by the Union government immediately.
A three-day national conference of the federation held at Bangalore authorised the AIFUCTO secretariat to try for a negotiated settlement with the Ministry of Human Resources Development on the outstanding issues and to issue strike notice with immediate effect if negotiations fail.
Elaborating on the 17-point charter of demands prepared by the general council of the federation, Thomas Joseph, president of AIFUCTO, said that the conference was highly critical of certain recommendations of the pay review committee which would totally upset the existing parity between college/university teachers and Class I officers of the Central government.
Other demands include assured three promotions for all teachers, inclusion of readers/selection-grade lecturers in pay-band four, professorship in both postgraduate and undergraduate departments, rectification of anomalies in career advance scheme in the last pay revision, the benefit of enhanced increment for all teachers and full parity between teachers and librarians/directors of physical education.
A delegation of AIFUCTO led by Mr. Joseph and Asok Barman, its general secretary, will meet Arjun Singh, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, to present the charter of demands and seek its acceptance and immediate implementation.