Strike Hits Govt Work For 2nd Day

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JCC To Announce ‘Decisive Battle’ Strategy Today
Srinagar, Nov 07: Barring the civil secretariat, work in government offices across the state remained suspended for the second on Wednesday due to a pen-down strike called by employees unions.

The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an alliance of employee unions formed two years ago to fight for 6th Pay Commission benefits but now reduced to picketing for hike in retirement age and removal of pay anomalies, threatened a “decisive battle” with the government, and is to announce its strategy on Thursday.

After hectic parleys in Jammu today, union leaders decided on another 3-day state-wide shut down of government from December 8, saying heightened agitation was the only way to wake up “somnolent rulers,” sources said.

Today’s lockdown was marked by protests before various departments in the valley as well as in the winter capital Jammu.

In Srinagar, protesting employees held sit-ins at the Old Secretariat, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department, the Agricultural Complex and several other government sites to press for their demands.

Their leaders held the state government responsible for forcing employees on the path of agitation, saying that authorities had gone back on their word to take decisions to address their demands by March this year.

They alleged that employees were being subjected to intimidation and coercion in a bid to make them forego their issues.

The leader of one faction of the Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) described the JCC’s two-day strike as a complete success and an “eye-opener for the state government.”

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