Jammu and Kashmir employees end strike, government to hike pay

February 18th, 2009 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar/Jammu, Feb 18 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday accepted employees’ demand for the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, ending a three-day strike in offices.
The decision follows talks between a five-member team of cabinet ministers led by Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather and 30 members of the Joint Coordination Committee of employees in Jammu.

The government has accepted the demand of the striking employees to implement the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, Rather told reporters after the meeting.

The recommendations, the minister said, would be implemented from July this year.

The strike continued on the third day Wednesday as around 400,000 employees stayed off work, asking for hike in salaries, enhancement of the retirement age from 58 to 60 years and regularisation of services of thousands of temporary employees.

The employees have also agreed to end their strike, Rather said.

The government team included Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, Industries Minister Surjit Singh Salathia, Public Health Engineering Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din and Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed.

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