Several offices deserted in Dindigul, Theni; over 3,400 employees take part in strike in Virudhunagar
A total of 2,300 members of Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association and rural development employees in the district struck work here on Thursday pressing for various demands including removal of disparity in the pay scale of the government staff. Several government departments wore a deserted look owing to absence of the employees.
Employees of the Rural Development Department have plans to go on an indefinite from tomorrow condemning the “no response” from the government in connection with their demands.
The Tamil Nadu Government Drivers Association too staged demonstration before the Collectorate on Thursday evening pressing for pay revision. They have decided to wear protest badges while on duty.
About 1,237 members of the TNGEA and rural development employees struck work here pressing the same demands.
While the members of Judicial Employees Association went on a one-day token strike demanding various demands including filling up of existing vacancies, members of Elementary Teachers Association too went on mass leave demanding that the disparity in pay scale be removed.
Rural Development employees were on strike for the third day pressing for various demands.
The one-day strike call given by the Tamil Nadu Government Employees' Association (TNGEA) evoked mixed response from the members in Virudhunagar district on Thursday.
Out of the over 6,000 members, over 3,400 took part, the association district secretary, C.E. Kannan, said.
The token strike was called pressing for a charter of demands including increasing the allowance for the Government employees on par with that of the Central Government employees.
Besides, the association sought time-scale pay for workers of anganwadi, noon-meal centres, and makkal nala paniyalar.
Employees of the Judiciary Department, Rural Development, Cooperation, Social Welfare, Highways, Public Works Department took part in large numbers, he added.
The one-day strike organised by the Tamil Nadu Government Employees' Association and other associations has evoked partial response in the district on Thursday.
The routine work in judiciary, treasury, and animal husbandry was affected as most of the staff did not report for duty.
Similarly, the impact was felt in rural development department and panchayat union offices.
Work in other departments including revenue, road transport office was not affected.
An average of 15 to 20 percent of government staff took part in the agitation, pressing the State Government to revise the anomalies in pay structure.
They also staged a demonstration at the Collectorate and pointed out that wage fixation and implementation of single man commission recommendations had led to serious anomalies.
A number of departments had not got the pay on a par with the Central Government employees.
As it was done for the Central Government employees, pay revision arrears from January 1, 2006, house rent allowance, conveyance allowance, and education allowance had not been given for the State Government employees.
Work remained unaffected in the revenue department. Most of the employees of the revenue department reported for duty on Thursday as usual.
However, there were reports that offices such as rural development, and primary schools were hit by the strike.