Employees’ agitation: JCC calls for Secretariat ‘gherao’ on Jan 30, indefinite strike on cards

SRINAGAR: The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of several employees union, on Friday called for Civil Secretariat ‘gherao’ in Jammu on January 30 to press for their demands.
“Keeping in view the non-serious attitude of the government, we call for Secretariat gherao on January 30, and we are appealing all the employees to take active part in the march,” president of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC-Q), Abdul Qayoom Wani told Kashmir Reader after addressing a press conference in Jammu.
The employees have been demanding, among other things, extension in the retirement age from 58 to 60, regularization of daily wagers, removal of pay anomalies in the clerical cadre, besides budgetary support for public sector undertakings.
On January 15, employees tried to take out a torch procession towards Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s official residence at Wazarat Road, Jammu which was, however, foiled by police by detaining dozens of marching employees.
Wani said if the authorities use any kind of “force” on the marching employees of January 30, they will then present themselves for court arrest on the same day before police.
Wani said the JCC was also mulling to launch an indefinite strike.
“We have been avoiding confrontational path, but the government is forcing us to use other means get our demands done. They seem unmoved by our protests. Therefore, we may go for an indefinite strike in the next phase of our agitation,” Wani added.
He also blamed the government for reneging on the promises it made through the September 15, 2011 agreement with the JCC.