The Uttar Pradesh State Employees Adhikar Manch announced that it will go on a state-wide indefinite strike from today after talks with the government on parity with central government employees turned futile.
The agitation which would be led by two major associations UP state employees joint council and UP state employees Mahasangh claims support of about 16 lakh employees from significant departments like Irrigation,Public Works Department,Health,Co-operative,Rural Engineering,Social Welfare,Sales tax,Treasury etc. The main demand of these employees is that state government should make their pay and perks at par with the central government employees. While the government has been trying to convince employees that steps have been taken in their interest,the employees claim the assurances by the state government are superficial.
The government is trying to mislead by claiming to have met some of our demands,which are being implemented for several years, said Ajay Singh,President of the State Employees Adhikar Manch.
However refuting the allegations Principal Secretary,Department of Appointment and Personnel,Uttar Pradesh Government Rajiv Kumar said: We are trying our best to ensure the strike does not take place. It would be wrong to say the government did not do anything in past one-and-a-half year,because gross salaries of most employees has increased by 30 per cent and they are getting better salaries than their counterparts in Governemnt of India. He further said,While we have agreed to most demands,the nature of work of central and state employees are different thus making perks at par with the Centre not justified. We are trying to convince the employees.
Meanwhile,the employees decided not to paralyse emergency services like medical and include them if government fails to take an appropriate step till November 15.
Late Monday evening,UP class four employees association and state drivers association also extended their support to the strike.