Trade unions support GADVASU staff's protest for pay hike

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 18:26 IST

Prominent leaders of different trade unions of Punjab Roadways, corporations, banks, universities, hospitals, electricity board, teachers and other government, semi government and industry will address the rally of protesting Contract and Daily Paid Labour (DPL) Workers' Union of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADASU) on Thursday.

The GADVASU employees have been protesting for the last three weeks for higher pay scale and withdrawal of university's process of demanding affidavit from the contractual workers at the time of giving them service extension.

The affidavit seeks the employees working for the last five to 10 years to give in writing that they will never demand job regularisation and will never demand the right of service extension and they can be put to any work which they will abide by.

In a press statement released, DP Maur, general secretary, and Naresh Gaur, president, Joint Council of Trade Unions Ludhiana, termed this affidavit as illegal.

They said that the workers on contract or DPL basis have been working in almost all the sectors, be it railways, hospitals, roadways, schools, corporation, power sector or other government instutions. “Such an affidavit is demanded nowhere,” the release states.

Therefore, the leaders have appealed to the GADVASU vice-chancellor to impress upon the concerned officials to withdraw such an affidavit immediately. The Joint Council of Trade Unions further supported the demand of protesting employees for coverage under the ESI for healthcare and provident fund for pension and gratuity in accordance with labour laws.

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