PHE workers extend strike

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 8: The chain hunger strike launched by the PHE workers in support of their demands has been extended up to April 12.
The protest dharna, under the banner of PHE Workers Welfare Association continued at BC Road office complex of  the PHE department. Earlier, it was decided to continue agitation for six days from April 2 onwards but on demand of the employees and observing successful completion, it was decided to extend the same up to April 12.  These agitating workers are demanding release of wages of  CP/ consolidated/ temporary workers at the rate of  Rs 125 per day, payment of wages before 5th of every month regularly, clearance of backlog wages of the workers, regularization of daily rated workers who have completed five years of service and transfer of Class-IV employees within the sub-division.
They further demanded that left out categories be incorporated in SRO 59, the widow of the deceased daily rated worker be engaged in the department on compassionate grounds and the technical grade be given to the employees having such qualification. They condemned the higher authorities in the department for not taking note of the demands being projected by the employees/ workers.
President of the Association Bakshi Singh urged the PHE Minister to solve the pending issues of the PHE workers, otherwise, they will be bound to launch `Kam Chor Hartal’ from April 20 for 24 hours, for which State Government will be responsible.
Today Swarn Singh, Kuldeep Sharma, Baldev Singh, Rakesh Kumar and Keshav Singh sat hunger strike today. Addressing the workers, Subash Chander Verma provincial general secretary of the Association said there is nobody to listen to the woes of these agitating workers. He said the workers are being forced to go on Kaam Chhor Hartal. He alleged that workers have been facing exploitation at the hands of senior officers.
The other senior members of the Association namely, Babu Ram, Zamaan Khan, Mukhtiar Chand, Ravi Singh,  Sardari Lal,  Surinder Kumar,  Ram Parkash,  Vaishno Swaroop and Mumtaz Ali also addressed the gathering.