Employees to observe ‘Kam Chhor Hartal’ on Apr 17

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 11: Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has appealed the State Government employees to observe complete ‘Kam Chhor Hartal’ on April 17, in support of the demands.
In a joint press conference held here today, senior trade union leaders and members JCC/ EJAC Ram Kumar Sharma, Rafiq Ahmed Khaniyari and Balwan Singh alleged that Government has been forcing the State employees to adopt path of confrontation. They said the Government has backed out from agreement of September 15, 2011 and earlier also. The delaying attitude of the Government in releasing Pay Commission arrears, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies etc has created strong resentment among the working class.
They pointed out that despite repeated representations and memoranda submitted to the Government, no progress from the Government side has been witnessed. It shows the anti-worker stance of the Government. The employees are now left with only option to go on agitational path. They appealed the employees of the Government departments and PSUs to observe complete strike and hold protest demonstrations and dharnas at district and tehsil headquarters. In Jammu and Srinagar, large rallies will be taken out by the employees lodging protest against the Government.
In Jammu the employees will assemble near Press Club/ Exhibition Ground at 11 am for the rally. They said the operational staff of the hospitals, PHE, PDD and JMC/ MCs etc has been exempted from the purview of strike.