Following the failure of talks between Chief Secretary and Goa Government Employees Association on Saturday, the government has declared the proposed strike by its employees from 21st March as illegal and stated that the “no work no pay” principle will be invoked.
The Goa Government Employees Association had announced the strike from Monday 21st March demanding parity of pay scales on par with the 6th Pay Commission recommendation to those sections of government employees to whom it is not yet made applicable.
The parity of pay scales is not made applicable to most of the employees of government corporations and those on contract basis
The government claimed that earlier the GGEA itself had objected to giving parity to these employees and had asked the government to withdraw the benefits to them.
Further, the government argued that Goa was amongst the few states in the country to implement the 6th Pay Commission recommendations and added that any further up gradation of pay scales would amount to going beyond the 6th Pay Commission recommendation, which it said is not an acceptable position nor feasible for the State of Goa.
While appealing to government employees to desist from the strike, the government also pointed out that the Essential Services Maintenance Act which bans strikes by government employees, was in force in Goa.