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Govt staff strike enters sixth day

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Thiruvananthapuram: The indefinite strike by the pro-Left and pro-BJP unions entered its sixth day on Sunday with the State Government firm on its decision to implement the contributory pension scheme.

Toughening its stand against the ongoing employees strike, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday said he would not invite union leaders for another round of talks though they could come and meet him at any time.

Making it clear that the Government would not yield to the unions’ demand to drop the decision to implement the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) for employees and teachers joining the service from April this year, Chandy said he did not think that the negotiations were going to be fruitful.

Reiterating the Government’s position, Chandy said the decision to introduce CPS was taken in the larger interests of the State and the employees.

Reacting to Chandy’s stand that the unions would not be called for talks, CPI state secretary Panniyan Raveendran said it only betrayed his “arrogance.”

Functioning of offices and schools has been partly affected by the strike, which started on Tuesday last. Stray incidents of violence have been reported from some parts of the State in connection with the stir in the last few days.

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