Central Government employees on nationwide strike; Dharna outside Egmore Post Office
Central Government employees in Chennai staged protests all over Chennai, demanding that the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission be revised. More than a hundred employees participated in protests outside the Egmore Post Office. Their 20-points demand included the fixing of basic salary at Rs.26,000 instead of Rs.18,000.
Revocation of the New Pension Scheme, and permanent employment to rural postal employees are among the important demands being made by the striking Central Government employees. The employees have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from December onwards if their demands are not fulfilled.
Earlier, there was an announcement that more than 33 lakh Central Government employees, from various departments including the railways, defence, and postal services, would go on an indefinite strike from July 11, 2016 onwards. The plans were dropped after three minister, on behalf of the Prime Minister, began talks with the employees and agreed, among other things, to change the minimum basic salary of Rs.18,000 per month and to revise the wage calculation method. But, four months have passed and the Modi-led government has not taken any steps to implement their promises. Instead, they went on to reduce the allowances and stop the interest-free loans.
In condemnation of this callous attitude of the government, the Central Government employees have announced a nationwide, statewide and districtwide protests on November 6.