Thursday, January 21, 2010

UP Govt employees demonstrating on pay hike were lathicharged, call indefinite strike.

Update on 22.01.2010 : Uttar Pradesh government employees demanding pay structure and allowance equivalent to central government employees intensified their agitation by giving a call for an indefinite strike from today in protest against the police action on them while holding a demonstration here.

"To protest against the yesterday's incident where employees were brutally assaulted by police during their peaceful agitation, the unions have decided to observe an indefinite strike," a trade union leader Shashi Mishra said.

The strike will be observed in all government departments, local bodies, hospitals including OPDs and schools and colleges, he said, adding emergency services have also been included in the strike.

"We demand action against officers responsible for police action on employees," Mishra said.

Over 24 people were injured in the clash between the agitating employees and police.

Source : PTI

Several Uttar Pradesh Government employees were injured on Thursday when police resorted to baton charge when they were staging a demonstration in Lucknow to press for their demands.

The employees demonstrated on the first day of the budget session with their 14 demands, which includes implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.

Clashes ensued between the police and the employees when they tried to step ahead towards the council house. Police also used water cannon and tear gas to stop the employees.

Condemning the baton charge, the State Government Employees Association decided to go on an indefinite strike.

The government didn't approve our demands but instead they baton charged thousands of our employees during the demonstration. We totally condemn this heinous act and our association announces an indefinite strike from Sunday, said Bajrang Bali Yadav, general secretary of theUttar Pradesh State Government Employees Association.

Many vehicles were also damaged during the stone pelting by the employees.

Source : Asian News International (ANI)

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