Now,junior college teachers threaten strike

Mumbai Junior College Teachers Union said the agitation to pressure the state government to release salaries as early as possible would begin in the first week of May.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:05 am

Junior college teachers across the state have threatened strike claiming non-receipt of salaries for over 10 months. Over 600 junior college teachers in the city and 5,000 across the state,who were appointed in June last year,have reportedly not received salaries since.

Mumbai Junior College Teachers Union (MJCTU) said the agitation to pressure the state government to release salaries as early as possible would begin in the first week of May.

Education department officials said they sympathised with the teachers but could not release salaries without government approval.

N B Chavan,deputy director of school education,said: “We cannot do anything as we haven’t received approval from the government.”

Amar Singh,MJCTU president,said over 5,000 teachers were recruited last year.

“While the appointments were made after government go-ahead,it is now refusing to approve the teachers. Till there is approval,the teachers will not get salaries. Why did they appoint the teachers if they do not wish to approve? How do the education department and the government expect teachers to survive without salaries for almost 10 months? These teachers have the requisite qualification,” he said.

J S Saharia,additional chief secretary (school education),said,“The teachers appointed may not have been sufficiently qualified or there could be some other technical reason. We will verify and take necessary action.”

Singh said: “We have to complete exams and assessment work so that students do not suffer. After that we will go on a strike. We will join hands with other junior college teachers unions and organise a statewide protest.”

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