Clerical union suspends strike over pay anomaly after finance minister’s assurance

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Jammu: Workers in clerical cadre of different government departments on Tuesday announced suspension of their three-week-long strike hoping the state government would shortly address their long-pending demand for removal of pay anomalies.
They however threatened the resume their pen down strike after May 29 if the government fails to issue an order within the given time frame. The clerical staff went on an indefinite strike on April 16 which badly affected work in government offices across the state. Leaders of various clerical cadre bodies formed a coordination committee to press for their demand of removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre by giving grade pay of Rs 4,000-Rs 6,000 to junior assistant, Rs 4,500- Rs 7,000 to senior assistant and Rs 5,500-Rs 9000 to head assistant and junior stenographers notionally with effect from January 1, 1996 and monetarily with effect from February 19, 2003.
Leader of all departments’ clerical staff association Babu Hussain Malik said, “We have resumed the work yesterday after suspending the strike till May 29 on the assurance of the Finance Minister Syed Altaf Bukari that our demand for removal of pay anomalies will be addressed within three weeks.”