The members of the E-Panchayat Union on Friday observed a hunger strike outside the deputy commissioner's office here in support of their demands.
The protesters said they had not been paid their salaries for the last 19 months and they found it difficult to run their households.
Addressing the striking employees, union leaders said under the Punjab government's outsourcing policy the educated youth of the state were being cheated.
They said if the government offered them jobs, they were enlisted under the contractual system in which they were offered low wages.
The E-panchayat employees are reportedly getting Rs 4,000 a month. They alleged that the contractors were having their own ways and often delayed the payment of their salaries. The local units of the Warehousing Employees Union, PWD Employees Union and Punjab Subordinate Services Federation also extended their active support to the striking employees. The employee leaders said if their salaries were not released by January 16, they would go on hunger strike unto death in Mohali.