JCC Announces 2-Day Mid-Dec Strike

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Jammu, Nov 08: Hardening its stand, the Joint Consultative Committee, an umbrella organization of various employees bodies, Thursday announced an extended program to press its demands, calling for a 2-day strike on December 14 and 15, which would include a march to the governor house.

“The state government has failed to fulfill our demands as promised to us. As a mark of protest against the deception, we announce a two-day state-wide pen-down strike on December 14 and 15,” JCC leader, Abdul Gafoor Dar, told reporters at the Press Club here this morning. Senior leaders, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Muhamamd Khursheed Aalam and Nusrat Beigh, also addressed the press conference.

They accused the National Conference-led coalition government of failure to live up to its commitments made to employees, ‘which has forced the JCC to announce fresh protest program.’

Ahead of the 2-day strike, they said, the employees would hold peaceful protest rallies, sit-ins and demonstrations at all districts, tehsil and block headquarters across the state to gear up for what could turn into its major showdown with the government.

“Employees will rotate peaceful protest demonstrations every day at district headquarters from December 8 to December 13,” JCC leaders said, warning of a longer agitation if the government failed to fulfill its promises.

“Two days strike will be observed on December 14 and 15. On December 15th, the employees will assemble at Jammu for a peaceful march to governor house where a memorandum listing the demands and the assurances held out by the government will be presented to the governor,” JCC leaders said.

“During its two meetings with JCC leadership in September 2011 and July this year, the government had held out a solemn assurance to fulfill our demands following employees’ strikes. But none of them has been fulfilled,” they said.

The employees are demanding enhancement in retirement age from 58 to 60 years, release of pending 6th Pay Commission arrears, regularization of daily wagers and contractual employees and removal of pay anomalies in various clerical grades.

Aalam said the employees leadership had always adopted a conciliatory approach in its interface with the government and agreed to accommodate the latter’s repeated pleas for time. He said four and a half lakh employees were being forced to take to streets to press their genuine demands.

Speaking on the occasion, senior JCC leader, Abdul Qayoom Wani, alleged deception and delaying tactics had become the hallmark of the NC-led government’s functioning. “Whenever the government sought co-operation from the employees, we readily extended the same in the hope it was serious in resolving the issues. But, true to its track record, the government chose to deceive the employees,” he lamented.

Wani accused the government of trying to drive a wedge between the employees. “We will never allow the government to succeed in its evil designs to divide us and will stand united and continue our struggle till our demands are met,” he said.

Others present on the occasion included Sayeedah Ladakhi, Fayyaz Andrabi, Kulwant Singh, Ghulam Muhammad Solina, Shabbir Ahmad, Aijaz Hakeem, Ali Muhammad Sofi and Abdul Qayoom.

Meanwhile, hundreds of employees today protested against the government’s alleged backtracking from its promises and agreements with the employee leaders. (KNS)

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