Day 4: PHE Workers’ Hunger Strike Continues

SRINAGAR: The hunger strike by daily wagers and casual labourers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department in the Kashmir valley entered the fourth and last day today.

“The condition of some of the employees on hunger strike has worsened.”

An attempt by police to shift them to hospital was foiled by other employees, who have also struck work, resulting in water shortage in many areas, particularly in central Kashmir district of Badgam.

More than 100 daily wagers and casual labourers went on the agitation on June 5, alleging that the Omar Abdullah government has failed to implement the agreements about their demands.

Today is the last day of the hunger strike, a spokesman of the employees said and threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands are not met.

About 300 more employees also joined the hunger strike today, raising slogans against the government and in support of their demands.

A number of trade union and employees unions have expressed solidarity with them. A number of senior PHE engineers besides district officials visited the employees who are on hunger strike.

However, they refused to end the strike despite assurance that their demands would be taken up with the government.


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