Pune: The notification released by the State government on ‘no work, no salary’ for government employees participating in the three-day strike was ignored by around 90 per cent of the employees, who chose to participate in the strike on Tuesday.
Many government offices across the city bore a deserted look and many employees chose to protest outside their offices demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission.
Speaking about the ongoing protest, Sunil Bagal, President of State Government Employees Organization (Pune branch), said that nearly 60,000 of the 70,000 government employees in Pune city chose to be part of the protest. “The government has not done anything beyond giving assurances about raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, five-day week working system, continuation of the old pension scheme and two-year child care leave to women employees. Similarly, we are yet to get benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission,” added Bagal. The employees of the organisation will continue the strike, as they are yet to hear from the government.
The government notification, which stated that the employees’ decision to go on strike will be construed as ‘misbehaviour’ and disciplinary action will be taken against them, was pasted in different government offices.
The notification further said that the Centre’s policy of ‘kaam nahi, vetan nahi’ (no work, no salary) will be followed in the State as well. The order directed employees in essential services departments, such as hospitals, fire brigade and water supply, not to join the strike, or else provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked against them.
People continued to suffer as many services in these government offices were impacted due to the ongoing strike. Several employees also protested outside the District Collectorate office on Tuesday. A press release issued by the State Government Employees Organization stated that the State government has ignored their demands even after calling for three strikes in the past.