Central, State Govt employees to strike work tomorrow

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Chennai, Oct 29 (UNI) About 1.2 crore Central and State Government staff, teachers and employees of State undertakings will strike work tomorrow across the country in protest against the Centre's alleged ''anti-people and anti-employee'' policies.

In Tamil Nadu alone, about 2.30 lakh State Government employees, over three lakh teachers and those in Central Government service would participate in the strike, Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association sources told UNI here.

The token strike was to press demands including filling up of eight lakh vacancies in various departments in the country, implementation of the sixth Central Pay Commission with retrospective effect fron January one, 2006, increase in GPF rate and payment of Rs 1,000 as interim relief.

The strike was also to demand scrapping of the new contributory pension scheme, stop downsizing operations and grant of right to strike to the trade unions. It also wanted the Government to stop contractual appointments, regularise casual and contingent employees and lift the ban on recruitment.

The decision to observe a strike was taken at the national convention of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers and All India State Government Employees Federation in New Delhi on August 13 last.


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