Thiruvananthapuram: A section of State government employees and teachers are on a day’s strike to press for implementation of the 10th State Pay Commission report with retrospective effect.
The strike, led by the CPI(M)-led Kerala NGO Union and the CPI-led Joint Council of State Service Organisations (JCSSO) and other pro-Opposition organizations, has affected functioning of government offices and schools. As per reports, around 90 percent of the offices are not functioning.
They have accused the government of having subverted the principle of pay revision by delaying implementation of the 10th Pay Commission report over six months ago.
The government, however, termed the strike politically motivated and said the pay commission report would be implemented in January. It also decided to invoke the ‘dies non’ (no work, no pay) principle to tackle the strike. The District Collectors have been asked to report the names and posts of those who absent from work.
Wages of those who join the strike would be cut from their February salary. The government has also issued orders asking heads of departments not to grant leave to any employee or teacher on Tuesday other than for illness, illness of a close relative, examination, child delivery and other similar reasons.