Cease work strike for 7th CPC hit Govt offices

IMPHAL,12th Sep: Normal functioning of government offices was affected on Wednesday with employees of 90 out of 105 government departments ceasing work and staging sit-in protest demanding expeditious implementation of 7th Central Pay Commission. JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO, which is spearheading the protest, has demanded the government to translate the agreement arrived at during the technical session into action at the earliest.

Speaking to media persons, JAC general secretary L Biken informed that the cease work strike has completed 176 days on Wednesday. On August 30, the JAC had a technical session with a government team led by chief secretary, during which the government assured to discuss the JAC’s proposal and continue further talks to finalise the issue.

However, the government seems unwilling to keep its words as it has not taken up any initiative for further talks. Government offices in different districts including DC offices of Imphal West and Imphal East remained paralysed due to the agitation of employees. Backing the JAC's cease work strike employees staged sit-in protests in front of their respective offices.

All Manipur Transport Department (MV) Employees’ Union staged a sit-in protest in front of the Directorate of Transport Complex, Imphal West demanding swift implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

During the protest, the employees put up placards inscribed with various slogans like, “Implement 7th pay immediately”, “Give us what is ours”, “We demand equal pay for equal work”, “Give us what we deserve”, etc.

Speaking on the sidelines, Union general secretary Phamdom Bijoykumar informed that although the cease work strike undertaken by the JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO has already surpassed 170 days, lack of any positive response from the government has left the employees in dire straits. He then appealed to the government to reach a consensus with the JAC and implement the said pay scale as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, employees of Transport Office, Imphal East staged a similar sit-in protest in front of their office. The protesters also held up placards inscribed with slogans such as, “We support cease work strike of AMTUC & AMGEO towards the genuine and legitimate demands of 7th pay”, “We demand immediate implementation of pay & pension revision”, etc. Talking to media persons on the sidelines, employee David Singh affirmed that the employees would continue supporting the protests of the JAC and appealed to the state government to implement the 7th CPC without further delay.

On the other hand, teachers under ZEO Zone- I staged sit-in in front of their office at Khoyathong. Speaking on the sidelines, one of the protesting teachers appealed to the state government to implement the said pay scale and alleviate the problems being faced by the employees and the general public. Under the aegis of Thoubal district JAC of AMTUC and AMGEO, employees of different departments staged protest in front of Thoubal PWD office, demanding swift implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

An employee said that government employees in Thoubal district support the protest undertaken by the JAC. The employee further said that they would continue supporting the JAC until their demands are met and appealed to the state government to implement the 7th CPC with retrospective effective from January 2016, as per point 22-point Charter of Demands of JAC of AMTUC & AMGEO.

Endorsing the JAC demands, a sit-in protest was organised by employees of Bishnupur New Mini Secretariat in front of the secretariat office on Wednesday. Employees of different departments such as Education, Medical, Revenue, Transport, SDO/BDO, Employment Exchange, etc., participated in the protest.

Speaking on the sidelines of the protest, president of JAC AMTUC & AMGEO Bishnupur Branch K Ranjit conveyed that the branch would support all kind of resolutions taken up by the central committee with regard to the demand.

In pursuance of the same demands, teachers of Practising Junior High School Kakching staged sit-in protest in front of the school on Wednesday. Teaching and non-teaching staff of Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Kakching also staged similar protest in front of their institute.

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