Around 17 lakhs Maharashtra government employees will go on a three-day strike across the state for various pending demands including the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission .
Maharashtra State Employees Organisation President Milind Sardeshmukh said that all employees right upto the taluka levels, educational and medical institutions and others shall join the agitation on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“The government has been sitting on our demands including the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission Report, effective from January 1, 2016, as assured by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis,” Sardeshmukh told the media persons here.
However, later the government dilly-dallied by saying it was awaiting the report of the K. P. Bakshi Committtee in the matter as implementing the 7th Pay Commission would entail an additional burden of a staggering Rs.21,000-crore on the debt-hit state.
Sardeshmukh added that the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers Federation will not join the strike as they are hopeful their demands would be conceded.
Other major demands include implementation of a five-day week in all government offices, and increasing the retirement age from 58 to 60, and filling up urgently over 200,000 vacancies in the state.
The MSEO, Maharashtra State Class IV Employees Association and other affiliated associations had served a notice of strike to the General Administration Department on July 16, but there was no response from the government.
The unions have said that this time they will not settle for “mere assurances” but only direct action from the government on their long-pending issues.
A meeting between the administration and the union representatives was underway in Mantralaya till late this evening to sort out the issues, but the outcome was not known.
In view of tomorrow’s action, work in all government offices is likely to be affected at the headquarters, Mantralaya, collectorates, tehsils and talukas, besides educational, medical and other affiliated institutions.