PHE workers protest, demand release of pending wages

INTUC district president, Som Nath addressing PHE workers rally at Udhampur on Wednesday.
INTUC district president, Som Nath addressing PHE workers rally at Udhampur on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Oct 3: The PHE workers today held strong protest demonstration at PHE Divisional complex, Udhampur against the State authorities, in protest against the non-payment of wages of the workers and delay being caused in regularization of temporary workers.
A large number of employees and workers of the department led by Som Nath- Provincial senior vice president, Water Works PHE Employees Association and District president INTUC, Udhampur, assembled in the PHE complex in the morning and started protest demonstration. The workers from entire Division and various PHE Sub Divisions and water stations in the district, participated in the protest programme.
They were shouting slogans in support of their demands including release of 52 months pending wages, implementation of SRO 520 and Minimum Wages Act, hold DPC of all cadres, early regularization of daily wagers, ITI trained and other workers. They also raised loud slogans against Government and Chief Engineer PHE, Jammu.
While addressing the large gathering of PHE workers, INTUC district president, Som Nath strongly criticized the higher authorities in the department for their failure to release the pending wages of the poor and helpless workers. He alleged that their families are facing starvation and they are unable to pay the school fee of their children. He said the demands of the PHE employees are being projected time and again before the higher authorities but they have taken the workers for granted. Under such circumstances they are being forced by the Government to go for ‘Pani bandh’ strike.
The INTUC leader demanded release of 52 months wages of the workers, early conduct of DPC, filling up of vacant posts and overcome staff shortage, regularization of temporary/ daily rated workers, implement SRO 520 and change of designation of the employees and fix it as per their nature of job.
Som Nath appealed to the workers to come on single platform so that issues of the workers could be projected forcefully before the Government. General secretary, Vijay Kumar and senior members -Suraj Parkash, Makhan Chand, Jagdish Magotra and Dinesh Kesar also spoke on the occasion.