Maharashtra govt employees withdraw strike
The Maharashtra government employees, who had gone on a three-day strike over various demands including salary hike, withdrew the stir today after receiving positive assurances from the state administration.
Around 17 lakh Class-3 and Class-4 employees of the state government were on strike since Tuesday over their various demands, including implementation of recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and filling up of vacant posts.
"We held discussions with the chief minister and the finance minister in the past and with the chief secretary today. The government has agreed to most of our demands," Milind Sardeshmukh, president of the organization which called for the protest, told PTI.
He claimed the situation in the state was not good, in view of protests by the Maratha community over its demand for reservation and the health and other emergency services were affected due to the strike by government employees.
"The arrears of the Seventh Pay Commission will be given with retrospective effect from January 2016, while the Dearness Allowance will be given retrospectively for the last 14 months," he had said after holding a meeting with various employees' unions.
Around 30-40 percent of total posts are lying vacant in hospitals and other essential services departments, he claimed.
Besides, the employee's unions have also been demanding implementation of a five-day week working system, raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, filling up various posts on compassionate grounds, a continuation of the old pension scheme and two-year child care leave to women employees.
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