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Govt accepts 4 of 8 demands,employees withdraw strike

Employees want perks equivalent to central govt employees,amendments in promotion policy and pension benefits

The government employees in UP have called off their strike and will resume work from Saturday,the State Employees’ Joint Council informed the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court on Friday.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by one Shambhavi Prakash Tiwari against the employees’ union strike that began November 11.

Meanwhile,the bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi also sought a report after 15 days on the progress in the dialogue between the state government and the Joint Council.

The court,during an earlier hearing,had asked both the parties to initiate talks on the council’s demands following which the two parties met on Thursday.

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“The strike has been withdrawn. The state government has accepted four of the eight demands of the employees,” said Additional Advocate General (AAG),Bulbul Godiyal,who represented the state government in the court. “The remaining demands will be looked into by a committee formed by the government on November 20,” he said,adding the council has been requested to prioritise the demands based on their urgency.

The Joint Council said since the dialogue process has begun and “out of deference to the intervention of the high court”,they have withdrawn the strike as “a gesture of goodwill”. It requested the government to withdraw directions issued against the employees under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and said the period for which they were absent from office be adjusted against their earned leave.

The AAG assured of “sympathetic view” after the employees resume work.

The bench appreciated the “fair attitude” of both the state government and the Joint Council and posted the matter for December 3 for next hearing.

The state employees were on strike for the past 11 days demanding perks equivalent to central government employees,amendments in promotion policy and pension benefits.