October 25, 2020

Trade Union leaders discuss future course against Govt’s forcible retirement decision, call for protests on Oct 31

Srinagar/Oct,25: Senior Trade and Employee Union leaders met here on Sunday to discuss future course against the Jammu and Kashmir Government’s recent notification issued under SRO 324 to acquire powers to retire government employees at the age of 48 years or after completing 22 years of service. Among others Senior trade union leaders who attended the meeting include Mohammad Maqbool Ganaie, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Khalid Mehmood Khan, Zulkarnain Bhat, Riyaz Ahmad Sofi, Ghulam Rasool Geelani, Javid Aakhoon, Sheikh Aijaz Makhdoomi, Abdul Majid Parray, Abdul Rashid Najar, Altaf Ahmad, Abdul Rouf and Abdul Quyoom Beigh. Terming it as a draconian law which is against the interests of the lakhs of employees working in the region Aijaz Ahmad Khan and other Senior Trade Union Leaders said that the notification issued by Government are aimed at keeping the employees under pressure which is bound to cause insecurity among them. They said that It would serve as a tool to the government and bureaucrats to suppress their subordinates,adding that “a sword of uncertainty has been kept over the heads of employees which can also be exploited by their superiors.
The Chairman Employees Joint Consultative Committee ( EJCC) Aijaz Khan said there were already several laws to govern employees – “what was the need to issue such draconian laws? The objective of such laws is only aimed at preventing employee unions from raising their voice against the anti-employee policies of the government and the management.

He said different platforms of trade unions and employees federations in the country have decided to hold protests at the Divisional / Directorate level offices of all the Departments on 31st October and if the demands were not fulfulled by the Government, protests will be held at District/Sectoral level offices in all Districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

All the Trade Union and Employees Union leaders decided that Trade Union Movement of the country should enlist the demand for scraping of this draconian SRO in their charter of demands also.

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