Notwithstanding the stern warning from the government, Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA) is firm on its indefinite ‘pen down’ strike from Monday onwards.
Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava made yet another attempt to negotiate with the association, which however failed.
GGEA President Mangaldas Shetkar revealed that the Chief Secretary had asked the association to wait till the Assembly sessions ends. However, he said that the employees have waited for too long and the government has not given any consideration for their demands all these years and therefore they would go ahead with the strike.
The government has declared the proposed strike illegal and besides invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act has also warned that “no work no pay” principle will be implemented. In fact, all heads of departments and government undertakings have been instructed to note down the names of the staff members not working during the office hours.
The strike is likely to affect the Assembly proceedings where the budget for the next financial year is currently being discussed even though the Secretariat staff forms a separate cadre within the government employees.