In a major jolt to the State Government, Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed the order to grant salary to staff who participate in the national trade union strike on January 8 and 9. The court also sought an explanation from the Government.
The LDF Government was all support for the strike against the 'anti-labour’ policies of the Union Government. As part of ensuring success of the strike, it offered leave with salary for the two days to those Government staff who participated in the strike.
However, on a petition filed by a former employee Balagopal, the Bench headed by Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy stayed the order put out by the government secretary A Jayathilak. It also sought an explanation from the Government.
It has been practice to implement dies non (no work, no pay) to counter strikes. But in this case, Government gave sanction to its staff to join the strike, an assurance that the two days would be treated as leave and they would get salary. This promoted several to join the agitation which brought normal life to a standstill across the State.