Maharashtra government is facing yet another challenge. Around 17 lakh employees of the Maharashtra government began their three-day strike from today, to press for various demands, including implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission report.
The Confederation of the State Government employees union met in Mumbai on Sunday and announced the decision. Though the union is firm on its stand for a strike, they have kept the option of discussion open. Till the filing of this report, there was no discussion between the employees union by the government.
Maharashtra State Employees Organisation (MSEO) President Milind Sardeshmukh said all employees right down to the taluka levels, educational and medical institutions and others will join the strike. As a result, work in all government offices at the headquarter, Mantralaya, Collectorate, tehsil and taluka levels are likely to be affected, besides in educational, medical and other affiliated institutions.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced the implementation of the 7th pay Commission from January 2019. The union is not buying the promise and are demanding an immediate implementation. But Employees don’t have trust in Government.
“A provision of Rs 10,000 crores for the 7th Pay commission has already been made by the State Govt in its annual budget. Why are they delaying the implementation?” questioned Avinash Daund, General Secretary of the State Govt Employees union.
Other major demands include implementation of a five-day week in all government offices, 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 served a notice to strike to the General Administration Department on July 16, but there was no response.