Workers' lockout over pay panel

Manipur state employees have intensified their agitation demanding the implementation of the seventh pay commission's recommendations by launching lockouts.

By Ngangbam Indrakanta Singh in Imphal
  • Published 8.06.18
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Imphal: Manipur state employees have intensified their agitation demanding the implementation of the seventh pay commission's recommendations by launching lockouts.

Agitating employees under the Imphal East district administration have locked out their offices joining the strike launched by the employees in Imphal West departments on Wednesday. The district's sub-divisional offices and the treasury office also remained locked.

The Imphal East treasury office was found locked out on Thursday. However, police intervened when the agitating staff tried to lock the district sub-divisional offices as well.

The employees have been on a strike since March 22, during which the agitators protested in their respective office complexes. The employees have now begun to lock the offices.

The strike was launched under the umbrella of Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of All Manipur Trade Union Council and All Manipur Government Employees Organisation on March 22.

Employees covered by the Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF), which includes the planning department and civil secretariat employees, joined the strike later.

Staff of the directorate of employment exchange also staged a strike at their office complex.

"We will take up more severe forms of agitation, until the central pay scale is implemented. As the government has not responded to the ultimatum we submitted on May 5, we launched this gherao," L. Raghumani, an employee of the Imphal West Employment exchange, said.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh, on May 18, assured the employees that the pay commission's recommendations would be implemented but requested not to ask for a fixed date.

The employees continued the strike demanding immediate implementation of the pay commission's recommendations.

Biren Singh recently invited the JAC and the MGSF for talks.

The JAC denied the invitation. "We will not talk with the chief minister unless the warrant to arrest the leaders of JAC is taken back," JAC secretary general L. Biken said.

Representatives of MGSF and Manipur Secretariat Service Association met the chief minister at his office on Tuesday but could not arrive at a solution.

The teachers' fraternity has also cautioned to join the strike while the technical staff of the essential services is ready to join the strike too.

Employees of the directorate of education (schools), departments of co-operative, fisheries, economics and statistics, weight and measures, register office and other departments located in Lamphel have also locked out their departments in support of the strike.