Class IV staff oppose 7th pay panel

Members of The Class IV Government Employees Union continued its stir against the Central Seventh Pay Commission on the second consecutive day today.

Raising slogans against the Central Government, the employees stated that on the orders of the Central Government, new pay scale for the Class IV government employees had not been drafted by the Pay Commission.

The protesters said irked with being left out by the Pay Commission, the Class IV government employees of all states have come together to constitute the All-India Government Employees Confederation and during the fifth meeting held by the confederation in Varanasi recently, the members expressed displeasure over the development and announced that a nationwide protest will be held across the country on March 18.

Addressing the protesters, general secretary of the union Gurmel Singh said big corporate houses were now running the Central Government and it was under the pressure of these business houses that the Class IV employees were left out of the Pay Commission recommendations this time around and the revision in pay scale had been done only for employees starting scale III.

The employees said the Class IV employees were now worried about cuts in dearness allowance, retirement pension, annual increment and promotions.

They said soon the Class IV Government Employees Union, Punjab, would chalk out a plan for protests to be held in the future and agitations would be launched in cooperation with members of the Contractual Employees Action Committee and would continue till their demands were met.

District president of the union Manjit Singh said in the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, a proposal had been made to replace the Class IV employees with recruitment of contractual employees, who also know how to drive apart from doing other office tasks.

He said this was a clear indication that the Centre was now planning to scrap the post of Class IV employees.



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