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Maha employees call for strike from tomorrow; govt agrees to

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Around 17 lakh employees of the government would go on a three-day strike beginning tomorrow to press for demands like implementation of the Seventh

However, around 1.5 lakh gazettedofficers withdrew from the strike after a Government Resolution (GR) was issued tonight stating that the pending arrears of the Dearness Allowance (DA) for a period of 14 months will be paid to them.

Another GR was issued stating that the 7th pay commission will be implemented from January 2019.

The demand of employees for a five-day week and raising the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years will be taken up during Diwali, an said tonight.

The arrears will be paid in the salaries of employees for August month, as per the GR.

If the implementation of the Seventh is delayed, the employees will get the benefit as per the wage structure of the employees from January 2019, it stated.

Earlier in the day, Employees Organisation said class III and class IV employees of Zilla Parishads, state hospitals, staff working at Mantralaya (secretariat) will participate in the strike.

"The employees of the have been getting the benefits of the 7th since 2016. Seven state governments have implemented the pay commission," he said.

Sardeshmukh said the employees are yet to receive the arrears accrued to them since the implementation of the sixth Pay Commission by the

He said 1.85 lakh posts of class III and class IV employees are lying vacant in

"Moreover, the demand for filling up 30,000 posts on compassionate grounds is also not accepted by the state government," Sardesmukh claimed.

He said around 30 to 40 per cent of total posts are lying vacant in hospitals and other essential services departments.

A (GAD) said the employees working in essential services deparments like hospitals, fire brigade, water supply etc. have been directed not to join the strike, or else provisions of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be invoked against them.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 22:45 IST