Govt employees begin lock out strike

IMPHAL, 6th Jul: As the assurance of the government regarding the demands of government employees, including implementation of 7th central pay commission, have not been translated into action, government employees have commenced lock out strike from Monday.
But the lock out strike will not include government employees engaged in essential services including frontline COVID-19 warriors. They will still continue to work by wearing black badges, Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) vice president L Sarat informed.
Speaking to media persons at Pensioners’ office located at Pishumthong here on Monday, L Sarat stated that the lockout strike will continue until their demands, which have already been accepted by the government, are fulfilled.
With the government failing to keep its assurance, an ultimatum was served by MGSF employees on June 12, L Sarat recalled, while adding that they launched black badge protest from July 2 till 4 and then went ahead with the lockout strike in government office and departments as their grievances have not redressed.
Highlighting their demands, L Sarat said that government should fulfil the points agreed in the MOU signed between the federation and the government on June 8, 2018. The agreed points include implementation of recommendation of the 7th pay commission and giving DA/DR 14% to the state employees similar to employees of central government from April 1, 2020. The present DA/DR for state government employees is 3%, he informed.
Settlement of all the discrepancies in the pay anomalies within three months, completion of the process of concordance tables for pensioners who retired before January 1, 2016 and extension of service benefits including pay revision to employees in grant-in-aid bodies, etc., are other agreed points, Sarat reminded.
He also asserted that government should give promotions to the stenographers not only in Manipur secretariat but also in other departments. Pay for Government College lecturers should be revised according to UGC 7th Pay regulation. Issues regarding NPA for government doctors and duty allowances and nursing allowances for trained nurses should be settled and 10% secretariat duty allowance for secretariat employees should be given.
RR should be framed for employees absorbed from various organisations so that they can avail 7th pay revision, Sarat demanded while adding that issues of government school teachers regarding their grade pay should be settled and the process of regulation for work charged and casual/mustered roll employees for engineering department should be completed, he added.
Various other executives of MGSF also attended the press meet.
According to statements issued by Manipur Secretariat Services’ Association, Manipur Secretariat Non–Ministerial Drivers’ Association, Manipur Water Resources Engineers Association (MWREA) and Manipur Public Works Department Engineers Association (MPEA) Action Committee, the lockout strike is being carried out successfully in different government departments.
Until a settlement is reached with the government, the employees are appealed to support the strike. They are requested to stay away from their assigned duties, while the offices remain locked, they reiterated.

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