Labour unions unhappy with Goa’s seventh pay implementation plan

The state cabinet had on Friday given its approval to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which will be implemented from January 1, 2017.

By: PTI | Panaji | Published:November 27, 2016 1:59 pm

The labour unions have criticised the Goa government for allegedly leaving out a crucial segment of employees from availing benefits of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had recently announced that the 7th pay commission recommendations would be implemented in the state from January 1, 2017.

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The Goa State Committee of All India Trade Union Congress and Co-ordination Committee of Goa Government Employees (CO-CO-GCOE) said the state government has left out a crucial segment of employees working for government corporations, autonomous bodies, municipalities, panchayats, societies and other public sector undertakings.

“This decision of the government is totally unfair and improper. The government must know that recommendations of the earlier pay commission have been extended to these employees from time-to-time and suddenly to draw a line of discrimination between the government employees and these employees is bias and prejudicial,” a joint statement released today by AITUC and CO-CO-GGOE said.

“The employees have a right on the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations as the present salary is wholly inadequate considering the inflation ridden economy when the price of essential commodities, fuel, petrol, LPG cylinders, health care, transport, education have gone beyond the reach of salaried and working people,” it said.

“All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Co-ordination Committee of Goa Government Employees calls upon the Government of Goa to review of its decision and demands immediate implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations to all the employees of various government corporation, autonomous bodies, municipalities, panchayats, societies and other public sector undertakings with retrospective effect,” it added.

The state cabinet had on Friday given its approval to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which will be implemented from January 1, 2017. Parsekar had said that over 55,447 government employees will be covered under the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, which will increase their salary by 16 per cent.

“Another 45,002 pensioners and their families will benefit from the pay scale,” he had said. Parsekar said the state’s salary liability will increase from Rs 47 crore to Rs 70 crore annually with the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.