Functioning of government departments and public sector undertakings was affected in the entire Jammu province today as employees began a strike against the "failure" of the administration in fulfilling their demands like release of arrears as per the 6th Pay Commission recommendations.
Employees struck work in response to a 4-day strike call given by the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), official sources said in Jammu.
They were demanding release of arrears of 6th pay commission, 20 per cent hike in HRA, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies and regularisation of adhoc/temporary employees.
About 600 employees of different departments held a protest demonstration at SMGS Hospital here since 1000 hours.
The EJAC said the strike would continue till April 6 though a cabinet sub-committee has called its leaders for talks this evening.