More than 40,000 clerks of the sessions and magistrate courts across Maharashtra, including 1,500 working in different courts in the city, will go on a day’s strike on Thursday.
They will be protesting the non-implementation of the order of the Supreme Court that had directed the state government to give court clerks a pay hike.
“This strike is to protest the injustice done to us,” said Vandana Modak, president of Mumbai City Civil and Sessions Court workers’ union.
Modak added that the apex court had appointed the Shetty Commission to look into the pay hike demand. “The commission, in its report to the Supreme Court, said the staff should be given a pay hike” Modak added.
Modak said the commission had recommended a three-fold increment. The Supreme Court on October 7 last year had directed the government to give the staff one increment, Modak added.
“The approach of the state government in implementing the court order has been lethargic,” Modak added.
“Even the peon who opens the gate of the court premises will participate in the strike,” said another court clerk on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Some of the court staff have, however, said they would not participate in the strike. “I will report to work come what may,” said a staffer on condition of anonymity as he feared he would be targeted by colleagues.
Principal judge of Mumbai City Civil and Sessions court, M L Tahaliyani, said, “Court proceedings will go on as usual despite this strike.”