Over 300,000 Bihar government employees to lose pay over strike

February 28th, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) More than 300,000 Bihar government employees who had struck work for 33 days will not receive their salaries for this period as the state government has taken a “no work no pay” stance.
“The government is firm on not paying them salaries to ensure its policy of ‘no work no pay’,” an official of the state finance department said, adding that a letter to this effect had already been issued.

“Soon after the employees went on strike (last month), the government warned them to return to work or face ‘no work no pay’,” another official said.

The state government has, for the first time, taken a decision to deduct the salaries of its employees for the striking period as it badly affected the functioning of the offices and delayed development schemes for over a month.

The employees went on an indefinite strike Jan 7 demanding revised salaries as recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission “in letter and spirit”. The government refused this, citing a funds crunch. The strike ended Feb 9 following a Patna High Court order.

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