PHE workers to go on strike on June 30

Excelsior Correspondent

PHE workers’ leader Subash Verma addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday.  -Excelsior/ Rakesh
PHE workers’ leader Subash Verma addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/ Rakesh

JAMMU, June 16: PHE workers including daily wagers/ consolidated/ CP workers will go on `Kaam Chhor Hartal’ (strike)  for 24 hours on June 30, if their demands were not addressed by the Government.
Talking to media-persons here in a press conference here today, the senior leaders of PHE Workers Welfare Association  Bakshi Singh  and Subash Verma alleged that despite many representations and memoranda to the higher authorities, the fate of all types of temporary/ consolidated workers has remained undecided. Many persons were engaged after 1994 and they held many protests and rallies but due to anti-employee policies, their voice remained unheard. The senior officers and the Minister concerned also did not respond positively.
These daily rated/ consolidated workers are facing sheer exploitation and harassment and they were not regularized even after 15 to 18 years of service. The Association has been projecting the issues  like regularization of  daily wagers ( ITI and Non-ITI who completed more than five years in service, enhancement of wages to Rs 300 per day as minimum, disbursement of wages  to all workers before 5th of every month, release of pending  arrears, framing of a definite policy for regularization, creation of new posts for field/ operational staff in PHE, designations as per nature of job etc.
They claimed that in the working committee of the Association it has been resolved to launch Kaam Chhor Hartal if the issues of the PHE workers are not resolved before 20th of June. The PHE workers of Jammu region would start strike from June 30 and in the first phase, it would be 24-hour Kaam Chhor Hartal. The Government will be responsible for any consequences out of this total strike by PHE employees.  Rattan Doshi, Tilak Raj Sharma, Baldev Singh also spoke on the occasion.

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