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Lifeguards in Goa to go on strike

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The safety of Goa’s tourist beaches could be temporarily jeopardised for 48 hours from November 21.

This is following a strike notice given by the Goa Trade & Commercial Workers Union (AITUC), representing lifeguards and workers in other categories, to Drishti Lifesaving Pvt. Ltd., contractual agency manning the beaches, against its “hire and fire approach of the management.”

The Department of Tourism, government of Goa, through a contractual agency, mans Goa’s beaches for safety. Christopher Fonseca, general secretary, AITUC, Goa, on Saturday demanded that 11 workmen/lifeguards whose services were allegedly illegally terminated be reinstated with full back wages and continuity in service with immediate effect. The management has repeatedly denied the allegations, he said.

He also demanded that the Department of Tourism and Drishti Live-saving Pvt. Ltd. stop harassing and victimising the workmen/lifeguards. The trade union has also raised issues, including demands pertaining to payment of salaries without delay, resolving all the cases pending before the State Labour Commissioner and payment of higher salaries to lifeguards with commensurate seniority weightage for every year of service, Mr. Fonseca said.

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