Tamil Nadu Government employees and teachers on Wedenesday called off their nine-day old strike after the high court frowned upon it and the Government told them to return to work of face action.
The strike, spearheaded by Joint Action Committee of Tamilnadu Teachers Organisations and Government Employees (JACTO-GEO), to press for restoration of the old pension and scrap the new contributory pension scheme and pay at Central Government scales, was suspended after organisers assured the High Court on a PIL that they were ready to return to work if the Government came forward for talks.
Revenue Minister D Jayakumar as well as Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami rejected their demands saying that the government would rather spend its scare resources on relief and rehabilitation of cyclone hit in the delta region. Their contention was 70 per cent of government resources is spent on pay and perks of employees and teachers
This is the second time in the past few years that the government employees and teachers have called of their strike at the intervention of court. Earlier the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court came down especially on teachers going on strike, leaving the students in the lurch.
The Government then promised to look into their demands and set up a committee. It has submitted its report. But the Government has said it has no money.
The strike crippled work in Government and schools but the AIADMK administration refused to budge. Only the School Education K A Sengottayan took steps to recruit temporary teachers. Given the scale of employment, thousands of qualified teachers applied.
But the striking teachers said the Government had changed the syllabuses from Class 9 to 11 and new hands would not be able to teach them
The opposition, especially the DMK, wanted the Government to end the strike through talks. But eventually, the strike collapsed thanks to lack of public support as the employees and teachers are getting good pay as the government has even implemented the seventh pay commission recommendations.