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Govt employees’ strike on Tuesday

Demands include regular payment of arrears

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 13, 2011 1:26:38 am

The state government employees have called a token strike on Tuesday to get their demands of regular payment of arrears approved.

Leaders of the employees’ union had held two meetings with Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar last Wednesday but a compromise could not be reached.

The Class III and IV employees will assemble at the Mantralaya entrance on Monday for a demonstration before the strike.

Meanwhile,office-bearers of the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers’ Association who met Pawar said they were “largely satisfied” with the discussion. They said Pawar has assured them that he would look into their demands for timely DA as per Central government norms and payment of arrears. He has also reportedly assured them of taking up the issue of increasing retirement age from 58 to 60 and five-day week with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

“We are satisfied with the interaction with Ajit Pawar. He has appealed to us to withdraw the strike,and we will be meeting on Monday morning to take a final call about participating in the strike,” said G D Kulthe,general secretary,Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Association.

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