UDHAMPUR, Jan 2: Hundreds of PHE employees today staged a protest in PHE complex, demanding their wages pending for last about 43 months.
The protest was held under the chairmanship of Som Nath, district president as well as senior vice president of PHE Employees Association (PHEEA) for Jammu province. A large number of employees drawn from Chenani, Ghordi, Ramnagar, Dudu, Latti, Majalta and other areas of the district participated in the protest.
Raising slogans against the Government, the employees demanded that their wages pending for last 43 months be released immediately, as they cannot work without wages. They said that 38-40 months of wages of CP workers are pending but Government releases wages after 6 months and that too only of few months. It is totally injustice with them, they added.
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They also stressed upon the Government to provide minimum wages of i.e. Rs 350 per day to daily wagers, change designation of employees as per nature of their work, conduct DPC at divisional level and provincial level twice a year and implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations without any delay.
The protesting employees also demanded the Government to remove shortage of staff in the department, which is increasing day by day due to retirements and commissioning of new water supply schemes. They alleged that at present, a single employee is working the job of 4-5 workers in the department.
Alleging that SRO 520 is not in favour of the employees, they urged the Government to change the slab system of pay and divide it into two categories i.e skilled and unskilled.