Demands of govt. employees must be accepted

Demands of govt. employees must be accepted

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Dr. S. Ramadoss, PMK founder on Monday said the State government must accept the demands of State government employees and teachers and bring the protests to an end immediately. In a statement, Dr. Ramadoss also said that the State government is unwilling to listen to any demand the people place before the government.

Despite placing more than 50 demands, Dr. Ramadoss said that they are now asking for only four demands to be met. “They want the State government to reinstate the old pension scheme, implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, pay 20% interim relief until the recommendations are implemented and get rid of contracts,” said Dr. Ramadoss.

Stating that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was responsible for implementing the new pension scheme, he said, “Despite promising that it would bring back the old scheme, the AIADMK government didn’t keep its promise.”

“An indefinite strike would impact the lives of people. The members of Jacto-Geo (Joint Action Council of Teachers’ Organisations-Government Employees’ Organisations) should also be called for talks. The protests planned on September 7 should be avoided,” he said.

Hold talks, urges CITU

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have also called on the State government to begin negotiations with Jacto-Geo ahead of Tuesday’s strike call on.

In a statement, TNCC president Su. Thirunavukkarasar said that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswani should sit down with the leaders of the Jacto-Geo in order to resolve their legitimate demands.

The General Secretary of CITU’s State committee G. Sukumaran asked the government to stop its attempts at coercion and called for smooth negotiations.

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