Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar assures payment of 21 pc DA to striking employees

The ongoing indefinite cease-work strike is likely to be called off on Friday.

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Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar on Thursday gave the assurance to fulfil the demand made by Secretariat employees’ associations for payment of 21 per cent DA.

The assurance was made during a meeting held between Secretariat employees’ associations, trained nurses association of India (Manipur branch), FEGOCTA and other employees’ associations, and the deputy chief minister at the office chamber of deputy CM at 2 pm on Thursday.

The employees have considered the positive response of the deputy CM and the ongoing indefinite cease-work strike is likely to be called off on Friday.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Manipur Secretariat Services Association (MSSA); Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF); Manipur Secretariat (non-ministerial) Drivers; Association, Trained Nurses Association of India, Manipur branch; JAC of All Manipur Trade Union Council (AMTUC) and All Manipur Government Employees’ Organisation (AMGEO) and Federation of Government College Teachers’ Association (FEGOCTA), Manipur.

Speaking to IFP, MSSA general secretary, Purujit Lairikyengbam said that the meeting brought a positive response, however, the solution was brought verbally and has been kept under consideration. He said that the decision whether to resume the ongoing indefinite cease-work strike or not will be decided in a meeting to be held on Friday among the employees’ associations which were present in today’s meeting.

“Among the demands made by the employees, they prioritised payment of 21 percent DA. If an amicable solution can be brought on the DA payment then they might withdraw the strike. However, the decision will be taken unanimously among the employees’ associations at Friday’s meeting,” said Purujit.

The employees have been demanding equal pay for all secretariat assistants; 3-tier system in the pay scale of drivers; filling up of all promotional vacancies; payment of 28 per cent dearness allowance (DA); grade pay rectification in respect of ASO, SO and private secretary etc and re-designation of Group-D employees, he added.

Responding to IFP, Purujit also said that in the demand for a total 28 percent DA, 7 percent has already been paid by the government and so the employees are demanding for the remaining 21 per cent.

He said that during the meeting, Joykumar, who is also the minister in-charge of finance, assured that the government shall pay off the remaining 21 percent DA into three phases. First 7 per cent in October this year, followed by remaining 7 per cent each in June and December next year.

The ongoing indefinite cease-work strike was launched by the employees’ associations on August 17 this year, which was intensified into ‘office lock-out strike’ on August 27. The strike was intensified after the meeting held between the deputy CM and employees’ associations failed to bring an amicable solution on August 25.

First Published:Sept. 3, 2021, 12:10 p.m.

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