Despite the government’s warning of dire consequences, over 10 lakh government employees from Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organisations and Government Employees Organisations (JACTTO-GEO) are set to launch an indefinite strike from Tuesday.
A release by the association stated that the strike will continue till the government meets their demands.
“This strike will see 100 per cent participation from elementary teachers as we will be most affected,” R Das, the State coordinator of Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers Association.
The State government on Monday warned of strong action against unauthorised absence.
In her letter to the Heads of Departments, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said that demonstration or any other form of agitation affecting the normal functioning of government offices amounted to a violation of the Tamil Nadu Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1973. In case of employees’ absence, it would be considered unauthorised, and they will not be entitled to pay and allowances, in accordance with the principle of ‘no work no pay’.
However, Tamil Nadu Government Employees’ Association general secretary M. Anbarasu said, “This warning is routine. We are going ahead with the indefinite strike. We will hold demonstrations in all taluks on January 22, followed by picketing on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will resort to agitations in districts and on Friday, we will hold a meeting to decide the future course of action.”
Girija Vaidyanathan stated that this ‘threat of strike’ by the government employees was against the law and that strict action will be taken against the employees who participate in it.
Girija also asked all the heads of the departments to send the consolidated attendance report of their staff in the proforma given before 10.15 am beginning 22 January and the list of workers who participate in the strike, to the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department.