Chief Secretary AK Gupta has said that state employees have no right to launch any type of agitation to press for acceptance of their demands. Gupta has warned them to desist from strike and work-to-rule or face action.
The Chief Secretary said that there was no provision either in employees' union manuals or in service rules to launch any type of agitation.
The warning has been issued in view of employees' threat to launch agitation following the government's failure to accept their demands connected with sixth pay commission and non-payment of bonus.
While all employees unions have sharply reacted to the circular, Gupta has directed all the Principal Secretaries, secretaries to take stern action in case the employees decided to go on strike.
The leader of Teachers' group in Vidhan Parishad Om Prakash Sharma told newsmen here on Wednesday that "dictatorship" of the government would not be tolerated. "We have the right to go on strike", Sharama said.
Sharma and other union leaders, condemning the "draconian" measures to ban strike, said that employees would resort to dharna all over the state on December 15. Sharma has also given call to teaching community to march to Lucknow on January 28, 2010. He said the government had deliberately stopped payment of bonus and one installment of DA.
In his circular dated November 26, 2009 the Chief Secretary has mentioned provisions of UP employees unions, service rules and a regulation of finance department to buttress his points that employees could not go on strike or resort to work to rule.
The chief secretary has directed the departmental heads to apprise the employees of the legal provisions. The rules recognizing the unions have specifically mentioned that they would not create any type of hindrance in smooth functioning of the government. Enumerating the service rules the chief secretary said that there was blanket ban on all types of agitation.
Interestingly the Finance rules (division 2 section 2 to 4) have even gone further to cripple the employees' liberty. Under the rules there are provisions that "employees are completely under the government and according to need the competent authority could deploy them on any type of work and they could not demand additional remuneration for this work".
The chief secretary has thus made it clear that employees could not go on strike or launch work-to-rule stir.