Arunachal News


Trade unions hold agitation in abeyance

From our correspondent
Itanagar, March 8: The Joint Working Committee of All Arunachal Pradesh Trade Union (JWCAPTU) has lauded the State Government for its assurance to place their long-pending 12-point charter of demands in the next cabinet meeting. The committee said the development came following a high level meeting, held on March 1 last, under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Satya Gopal at the civil secretariat here.
JWCAPTU chairman Changma Tajo said that the Chief Secretary, after
 reviewing all the points of the charter of demands, had termed those demands ‘genuine’ and hinted that that a few of them would be addressed in the forthcoming cabinet meeting.
Referring to one of its core demands ‘enhancement of wages of labourers’, Tajo urged the Government to give top priority to it and requested to enhance the wages of unskilled labourers from current Rs 7000 to at least Rs 10000.
Tajo also exhorted the Government to find a mechanism so that the unskilled workers could get specific minimum wages.
On assurance from the State authorities that their grievances will be readdressed, the union unanimously decided to hold its agitation in abeyance to give a suitable time to the government to fulfill their demands.
Notably, the trade unions under the aegis of JWCAPTU staged a series of protests such as pen and tools down, hunger strikes along with peaceful dharnas to press their demands in the past two- years.
Some of the long-pending demands of the employees include, enhancement of wages of contingency workers from existing amount to Rs 18000 as per national level, regularization drive for workers who have completed 12 years and above, implementation of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) policy in all working departments like Power, PHE, WRD and release of ad hoc bonus of casual and contingency workers for the year 2019-10.