Teachers’ organisations submit memorandato Thiruvalluvar University Vice-Chancellor

No agreement was reached during talks held between Thiruvalluvar University Vice-Chancellor P. Gunasekharan and office-bearers of various teachers’ organisations held on the university premises in Serkadu near Katpadi on Tuesday on reinstatement of 66 temporary non-teaching employees who were terminated from service.

Ninety-one temporary non-teaching employees of the university began an indefinite strike from October 21 on behalf of the Thiruvalluvar University Employees’ Union in support of their demands, including regularisation of temporary employees, withdrawal of cases filed against six persons in Thiruvalam police station in connection with an incident in which important files kept in the chamber of the V-C were burnt on September 18, revocation of suspension of V. Vivekanandan who was working in the EDP section at the office of the Controller of Examinations and reversion to same positions of 17 temporary non-teaching employees who were transferred to other departments within the university.

When the strike entered the 16th day, the university terminated the services of 66 striking employees who continued the strike without heeding the notice of the university to return to duty in the interests of students and on the grounds that the strike was illegal.

Under these circumstances, P. Jayagandhi, national secretary of All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations (AIFUCTO), S. Thamizhmani, president, and L. Prathaban, general secretary of Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers’ Association (TNGCTA), and M. Ravichandran, convener of the Joint Action Council of College Teachers’ Associations of Tamil Nadu (JACCTA), met Mr. Gunasekharan and submitted a memoranda to him, urging him to concede their demands including the reinstatement of 66 terminated employees, regularisation of all 91 temporary employees currently on consolidated pay and daily wages and withdrawal of police cases against six employees.

When asked about the results of the talks, M. Jayakumar, Registrar of Thiruvalluvar University, told The Hindu that the V-C accepted the memoranda submitted by various organisations and told the office-bearers that he would communicate to them the further course of action the university would take on the demands after consulting Higher Education Secretary and Law Secretary.