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Staff strike enters fourth day, scuffles at some parts continue

Staff strike enters fourth day, scuffles at some parts continue

Thiruvananthapuram: Functioning of government offices and schools in the State continued to be affected on Friday as the indefinite strike by the pro-Left unions entered the fourth day.

Although the unions spearheading the strike against the proposed contributory pension scheme have claimed that the strike is a major success, the government claimed that more than 70 per cent of employees attended offices on Thursday.

However, clashes were reported at some parts of the State between striking employees and those opposed to the agitation. The Left opposition had decided to support employees on strike against it.

Scuffles erupted at Perurkada schools, Pattam St Mary’s school and Uzhamalikal school here as the agitators with the help of DYFI activists blocked teachers from entering the institutes. The agitators also took out march in front of the Secretariat.

The striking employees took out protest rallies to government offices and schools across the State.

Several protestors were arrested for obstructing those who reported for work.

Pro-LDF and pro-BJP state employees and teachers in the state began the indefinite strike from Monday midnight while pro-BJP unions withdrew from the strike Wednesday.

The government has said that wage of three days will be deducted from the salary of the employees skipping the work Friday according to the dies-non (no work, no pay) announcement made by the government to face the strike.

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