HC sum­mons chief secy over strike

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU - VINODH ARULAPPAN

OB­SERV­ING that it should be the en­deav­our of the gov­ern­ment to set­tle the gen­uine de­mands of em­ploy­ees by tak­ing into ac­count the Sev­enth Pay Com­mis­sion, the High Court Bench in Madu­rai has di­rected the Chief Sec­re­tary to ap­pear be­fore the court on Septem­ber 21 to as­cer­tain the views of the gov­ern­ment for re­solv­ing the is­sue.

Hear­ing a con­tempt pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing the con­tin­u­ous protest of gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees de­spite court ban on strike, the court made it clear to se­nior coun­sel NGR Prasad that there was no ques­tion of en­ter­tain­ing the re­quest to di­rect the gov­ern­ment to con­sider the is­sues raised by the em­ploy­ees unions un­less the strike was with­drawn un­con­di­tion­ally. There­after, the union func­tionar­ies agreed to sus­pend the strike, with a re­quest to ini­ti­ate steps for set­tle­ment.

Fol­low­ing this, the judges di­rected the Chief Sec­re­tary to ap­pear be­fore them on Septem­ber 21. How­ever, the judges made it clear that sum­mon­ing the Chief Sec­re­tary to the court was to as­cer­tain the gov­ern­ment’s views to re­solve the is­sue.

The Bench also di­rected the Chief Sec­re­tary to take up the is­sue with the gov­ern­ment and sub­mit its views be­fore the court on Septem­ber 21.

A RAJA CHI­DAMBARAM

The JAACTO-GEO mem­bers dis­pers­ing af­ter the Madu­rai Bench of the Madras High Court re­fused to en­ter­tain their plea, in Coim­bat­ore on Fri­day

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