JACTO-GEO to be­gin in­def­i­nite strike on Dec 4; CM urges body to with­draw call

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THE mem­bers of the Joint Ac­tion Coun­cil of Tamil Nadu Teach­ers Or­gan­i­sa­tions and Gov­ern­ment Em­ploy­ees Or­gan­i­sa­tions (JACTO-GEO), have de­cided to start their in­def­i­nite strike from De­cem­ber 4 as planned. Chief Min­is­ter Eda­paddi K Palaniswami on Satur­day urged the body to with­draw its strike call and ex­tend its co­op­er­a­tion to re­lief work in Cy­clone Gaja-hit parts of the State.

In a state­ment, the CM noted he had de­puted Fish­eries Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar and se­nior bu­reau­crats to meet with the JACTOGEO team. In the meet­ing, the body’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives elab­o­rated on their de­mands, in­clud­ing re­vival of old pen­sion schemes. “The TS Srid­har com­mit­tee, con­sti­tuted to look into the de­mand for restor­ing the old pen­sion scheme, sub­mit­ted its re­port re­cently. The min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment would take a de­ci­sion af­ter scru­ti­n­is­ing the re­port,” he said. TN was pay­ing Dear­ness Al­lowance im­me­di­ately de­spite a fi­nan­cial cri­sis and had im­ple­mented wage re­vi­sion com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions, he said, adding JACTOGEO’s de­mands would be scru­ti­nised and ac­tion would be taken. Mean­while, the body held a high-level meet­ing in the city on Satur­day. Res­o­lu­tions unan­i­mously adopted in­cluded that the old pen­sion scheme should be im­ple­mented, sec­ondary grade teach­ers should be given wages equal to Cen­tral gov­ern­ment staff and teach­ers and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees ap­pointed dur­ing 2003 and 2004 un­der con­sol­i­dated pay should be given timescale from date of their ap­point­ment. The body re­solved to stage demon­stra­tions at all union head­quar­ters in TN on De­cem­ber 4 and at all taluk head­quar­ters on De­cem­ber 5. A ‘road roko’ would be staged at ev­ery district head­quar­ter on De­cem­ber 7. Mem­bers de­cided 10 teach­ers and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees from ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion of JACTO-GEO, would be de­ployed for Gaja re­lief work.

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