Casual labourers’ strike paralyses work in Government offices across UT

Casual labourers protesting at Jammu on first day of their two day strike on Monday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Casual labourers protesting at Jammu on first day of their two day strike on Monday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

JKCLUF to decide future course of action today

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 22: In order to get their long pending demands solved, the casual labourers and daily wagers of various engineering wings and other departments observed a total strike in entire J&K UT today in response to two days strike call given by J&K Casual Labourers United Front (JKCLUF)and supported by other organizations of Government employees.
While the work in offices remained partially affected, the filed work remained suspended in the departments of PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Estates Department, R&B, Floriculture and other allied departments in entire UT as all daily wagers and causal labourers observed total strike and held demonstrations at different places in Jammu and Srinagar cities besides at all district headquarters in the J&K UT in support of their demand of regularization, release of 60 months wages, implementation of Minimum Wages Act as is prevalent in other UTs of the country and removal of 12 voucher rider.

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The main protest in Jammu was held in front of Press Club here where despite the restrictions due to COVID-19 hundreds of daily wagers of PHE Department assembled and held a massive demonstration in support of their demands. With placards and banners in their hands the protesters were raising slogans against the Government’s dilly dallying policy regarding regularization of casual labourers and daily wagers.
The demonstration was addressed by the president Casual labourers United Front, Tanvir Hussain and other Trade Union leaders including Deepak Gupta, Banu Partap and Hoshair Singh who urged the Government to settle the demands of daily wagers without any further delay and fulfill the promise made by the previous Government on the floor of the Assembly in December 2017.
Tanvir Hussian said that the Front is totally opposed to recruitment of 10,000 youth against the class fourth vacancies in the UT till all the daily rated workers working for last 25 years are regularised.
He also demanded release of their 60 months pending wages immediately with implementation of Minimum Wages Act and doing away with 12 voucher system.
Tanvir said that strike will continue tomorrow and the future course of action whether the strike will be called off or extended further will be taken at 5 pm tomorrow in the meeting of the Union office bearers and other TU leaders.
He said that the demonstrations were held at Lok Nirman Bhawan, Jammu, in front of Estates Department Office, Agriculture Complex, Talab Tillo, Irrigation Complex Jammu besides at district Headquarters of Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu Division, he added.
He said in Kashmir the main demonstration was held in Srinagar city by the casual labourers under the banner of the Front. Besides, demonstrations were also held at all other district headquarters in Kashmir. He alleged some of the employees leaders were also detained in Srinagar by police.
Tanvir said tomorrow a massive demonstration will be held in front of Divisional Commissioner’s Office Jammu by the casual labourers in support of their demands. He, while criticizing the Government for its casual approach towards the hapless daily wagers said that principally all the demands were agreed by the Government but the formal orders have been delayed for unknown reasons forcing the Front to give the strike call.
Satish Sharma president Daily Wagers Union PWD who addressed the daily wagers demonstration at Loknirman Bhawan said that the Government was doing step motherly treatment with daily wagers who are backbone of all engineering departments.
The other activists who addressed the demonstrations in front of their respective office complexes included Rajan Sharma president Agriculture, Kuldeep Raj, president, Estates Department, Devi Dass president, Floriculture Gardens and Parks, Swami Raj, president (S&O Wing) JKPTCL, Amarjeet Singh, president Irrigation Flood Control, besides Pardeep Singh, Tilak Raj , Ajay Kumar, Mukesh Kumar and Shiv Darshan Singh Jamwal.