The Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) will be protesting against the state government on Thursday following the delay in payment of monthly salaries. Teaching and non-teaching staff are yet to receive their August salary. BUCTU said the government had also delayed salary payments for the months of May, June and July.
Teachers will be wearing black badges to work as a mark of protest for one day. BUCTU members who are a part of the university senate will also do so on Friday at the senate meeting.
“This will be a symbolic protest,” said Madhu Paranjape, general secretary of BUCTU. “The salary problem is a lingering one. Every year we face the same thing. There is no consistency.”
Mumbai teachers are the only ones affected, said Paranjape. Around 10,000 staff members in total are affected, including 4,000 teaching staff members. The government’s failure to pay various outstanding dues had in April led to a stand-off with BUCTU, with thousands of teachers across the state boycotting examination paper corrections.
BUCTU has also demanded that the government pay teachers the outstanding salary dues owed to them. The government had promised to pay the arrears in May, but failed to do so.