Govt staff to oppose pay cut in court

The Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to cut a day’s salary from the account of government staffers who did not turn up for work on February 28 — the day Left-backed trade unions called an industrial strike across the country — is likely to be challenged in court.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: April 13, 2012 3:14:17 am

The Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to cut a day’s salary from the account of government staffers who did not turn up for work on February 28 — the day Left-backed trade unions called an industrial strike across the country — is likely to be challenged in court.

According to sources,more than 250 employees who had received notice on salary cut have served legal notice to the state government stating that they would move to court if the order of pay cut is not withdrawn.

“More than 250 employees have challenged the order of the state government. They have served notice to the state government through their advocates,” Ananto Banerjee,General Secretary of CPM-controlled state coordination committee told The Indian Express. “If the government does not withdraw the notice,the employees would go to court to challenge it,” Banerjee said.

The state government,according to sources,served notices to more than 500 employees stating that one day’s salary would be deducted from their bank account as the reasons they had cited to justify their absence on February 28 had failed to satisfy the government.

Not only the pay cut,the state government,sources said,also informed the absentee employees that one day would be deducted from their service life. Employees who received notices said that such a move is undemocratic.

On February 21,the Mamata Banerjee government had issued a circular informing all the employees that no leave will be granted to them on February 28. Ignoring the instruction,thousands of state government staffers,mostly belonging to state coordination committee,chose to stay back home in support of the strike call.

The state government had later issued show cause notices asking the absentees to explain why they did not attend their duties. In reply,several state government employees had stated that they did not come to office to support the call for strike. “We enjoy full trade union rights. Since the employees have been given the right to strike,no government can order a pay cut unless a strike is declared illegal. The government did not declare the February 28 strike illegal. So it cannot order a pay cut,” a state coordination committee leader said. “Our organisation will not move to court on this issue,” he said.

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