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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Central, state govt employees to strike work on Oct 30

Central and state government employees will go on a nation-wide strike on October 30 in support of their charter of demands.

The strike call has been given by the Confederation of Central and State Government Employees Associations and more than one crore employees would be on strike, organising secretary of the Confederation M Durai Pandian said.

The government should pay an interim relief of Rs 1,000 per month to each and every central government employee pending submission of the Sixth Pay Commission report, Pandian told reporters here today.

The relief should be available retrospectively from January 1, 2006, he added.

Staff and employees coming under the categories of 'B', 'C' and 'D' in both the Central and State administrations would observe the strike.

The strike is also aimed at persuading the Centre to raise the interest rate for the General Provident Fund and small savings and restoration of status quo ante without delay.

The trend of outsourcing government jobs involving contractual systems, downsizing departments and ban on creation of new posts were some of the 'disturbing features of the Centre's policy' and the strike would resist this.

Employees should be granted right to strike and trade union rights should be available as statutorily recognised privileges, Pandian said.

A prior notice of the strike had already been serviced on the government, he said adding, Central and state government pensioners had extended support to the call.