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State employees’ protest in Maharashtra hits health, revenue services; refuse to talk with govt

Since there was no dialogue between the stirring employees and the government on the first day, the strike is expected to continue on Wednesday

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2018 14:30 IST
Surendra Gangan
Surendra Gangan
Hindustan Times
With only 37.28% attendance of Grade C and D employees, Mantralaya wore a deserted look on Tuesday.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

After most of the state government employees had joined the three-day strike on Tuesday, the revenue, health services in the state, especially in the rural parts, were badly affected on the first day of the stir.

Since there was no dialogue between the stirring employees and the government on the first day, the strike is expected to continue on Wednesday.

The employees’ unions have given the strike call for immediate implementation of the seventh pay commission pay hike, reintroduction of the pension scheme, extension of the retiring age to 60 years and implementation of the five-day working week.

On the first day of the strike, the state secretariat Mantralaya registered the attendance of 70.64 per cent, while in rest of the state it had dropped to 37.1 per cent. The attendance of Grade C and D employees was badly affected at 37.28 per cent in Mantralaya.

The government said that despite its attempts, the representatives of the employees did not show up for talks. “There was satisfactory attendance in Mantralaya on Tuesday and it is expected to improve it further on Wednesday. We are open for the dialogue even tomorrow, but I think whatever has been promised is not the less in given scenario. The employees have already been intimated about the possible action under services rules, which has the standing provision of strictest action on the employees in the emergency services,” said Shivaji Daund, secretary, general administration department.

According to the health department figures, 21 per cent of grade 3 and 24 per cent of grade 4 employees participated in the strike across the state.

Teachers unions have said that the effect of the strike will be visible in schools from Wednesday. “We could not convey the message of the strike to the schools well within the time yesterday and as result of it, most of the teachers attended the schools. More teachers will now join the strike from tomorrow,” said Subhash More, executive president of Shikshak Bharti, a union representing teachers.

The agitating employees have struck down the proposal of the implementation of the pay commission. “We have been ditched by the government thrice in last two years over the promises. If the government is ready to implement the pay commission from January, why not on an immediate basis? The government figures on attendance are false as the strike was 100% successful across the state,” said Milind Sardeshmukh of state government employees central union.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 01:17 IST