SMC employees call off strike on assurance by authorities

SMC employees call off strike on assurance by authorities
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Srinagar: A day after going on a strike, the employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) called it off, stating that authorities have agreed to fulfil their genuine demands.
The employees went on an indefinite strike Tuesday seeking pending salaries, and clearance of staled promotions in the civic body.
The employees have been complaining of not getting heard by the authorities as their grievances, including the promotion of class IV employees, remain unattended.
Joint Commissioner, SMC Abdul Majeed Raina, told Kashmir Reader that the employees have many issues, promotions being one of them.
“We cannot promote them randomly. We have to follow the service rules. No doubt they are old, framed in 1970, but we are bound to follow them,” Raina said.
“Junior assistant, orderlies, clerk, and other categories of class IV employees have been demanding promotion. There is a set procedure which is to be followed. There is fixed quota of 25% for them,” he added. “It means that among 40 posts, we are supposed to advertise 30 posts and fill 10 posts through promotion,” he added.
“On our level we have violated DPC rules and had increased the quota by 25% (Total-50%). I agreed to go by its decision, besides assuring the employees that their interests will be taken care of. The employees had to only qualify the typing test,” he said.
He however added that they will resolve their genuine demands within no time.
Asked about the salaries of sanitation club employees not issued in time, he said, “There are about 400 sanitation employees, who aren’t regularized yet, and whose salaries come from the revenue generated from the sanitation fees. They demand that they too should be allotted to SMC budget. How is it possible to make their salary online, and sometime their salary can delay,” Raina said.
The SMC employees union president Muhammad Maqbool Malik, who is presently chairman of Coordination Committee of all the employee wings of SMC, told Kashmir Reader that, authorities have assured them that they will solve the problem. “We will again trust them and we called off our strike,” he said.
It was the second strike of SMC employees in a month.