Various teachers’ organisations in the State have extended support to the on-going nation-wide strike by the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) teachers and non-teaching staff raising various long standing demands. Those on strike held a dharna in front of the collectorate here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the dharna, leader of the Kerala School Teachers Association S. Ajayakumar said the demands raised by the JNV teachers and employees were justified and their strike should be amicably settled.

‘Rightful demands’

Pension was a justified right of all government employees and denying that to JNV staff was gross injustice, he said.

Kollam district unit joint secretary of the Government Schools Teachers’ Union A. Anderson said that the demands raised by the JNV staff needed the urgent intervention of the Union government. All employees of the Central government who joined duty before 2004 enjoyed statutory pension, and denying the same to the JNV staff could not in any way be justified.

Stir to be strengthened

T. P Mani, leader of the All India Navodaya Vidyalaya Staff Association (AINVSA), who addressed the dharna, said the strike would be strengthened if the government failed to take efforts to settle it.

He said their demands included introduction of the pension scheme to all JNV staff who joined service before January 2004, implementation of 10 per cent allowance to the non-teaching staff, appointment of permanent warden in boarding, timely promotions, introduction of health insurance, earned leave, and compensatory leave to the staff who work on holidays.