1 Lakh Teachers Protest in Chennai for Pay Anomalies
With the motto of making the government implement “Equal pay for equal work”, about 1 lakh teachers staged a protest in Chennai.
"Our salary is different from our colleagues teaching in the adjacent classrooms. We want same pay for same work," said Jagadishwari, a teacher who has been protesting since the last four days.
"We have protested multiple times but the state government has not acted. This time, we will not leave until the education minister comes and meets us", said Sofia, another teacher.
During this duration, several teachers have fallen sick and the government is seen struggling to bring the situation at rest.
The teachers have four demands:
- repeal of the new pension scheme,
- settlement of pay arrears according to new pay commission guidelines,
- settlement of pay anomalies for secondary teachers and
- regularization of jobs of part-time staff and teachers.
On Wednesday, leaders including DMK working president M.K. Stalin have extended their support to the protesting teachers following which the minister has appealed to call off the protest.
The government established a one member committee to resolve the conflict, but the teachers continued the protest and the Chief Minister said, “The issue could be resolved only by the one member committee. Hence, the teachers should give up their protest.”
Sources: NewIndianExpress, DeccanChronicle, IndiaToday, TimesofIndia