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Administrative employees of Tiruvalluvar varsity go on strike

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They are protesting complaint against six employees in file burning case

Administrative employees of Tiruvalluvar University staging a demonstration in front of the university campus in Serkkadu, near Vellore on Monday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Administrative employees of Tiruvalluvar University staging a demonstration in front of the university campus in Serkkadu, near Vellore on Monday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Administrative staff of Tiruvalluvar University on Monday went on an indefinite strike, condemning the complaint registered against six employees in file burning case and demanding regularisation of their services.

“All the 91 administrative employees of the university are taking part in the strike and office administration of the university is completely paralysed,” union sources said.

Pressing their demands, university employees staged a demonstration in front of the university campus at Serkkadu near here.

Association of University Teachers (AUT) expressed its solidarity with the striking employees. Classes were unaffected by the strike as teaching staff did not participate in it.

Speaking to The Hindu honorary president of Tiruvalluvar University Employees Union I. Elangovan said, “Though the strike notice was given well in advance, the Registrar M. Jayakumar called them for talks only on Monday afternoon through a letter delivered by a messenger. The letter calling for talks at 12 noon was actually delivered by 1 p.m. The letter was addressed to M. Manivannan, general secretary of the union. But it was not addressed to him as the general secretary but as if he is an individual. It seems they don’t want to properly engage the union in the process and hence we decided to reject the call,” he said.

Mr. Elangovan also said, “The union condemns Thiruvalam police for handcuffing one of our employees charged in the file burning case under the garb of investigation for a whole day at Viruthampattu police station on October 13 though he got anticipatory bail,” he said.

He wanted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to intervene and facilitate talks between the university administration and employees union with regard to regularisation of services of employees.

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