Over seven lakh members had boycotted work, said Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organization- Government Employees Organisation (JACTO-GEO). Functioning of schools in Chennai and other districts had been affected, said reports. Less than 30% of teachers turned up for work on Tuesday, according to school education department officials.
School education minister K A Sengottaiyan requested protesting teachers to return to classes keeping children’s welfare in mind. Chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan on Monday warned of disciplinary action against protesters and said that absentees would be facing a pay cut.
Despite this, JACTO-GEO has gone ahead with the strike. A Mayavan, coordinator of the umbrella organisation, said that protests would intensify across the state if government did not accept their demands. Their demands include scrapping of the new contributory pension scheme and reviving the old pension scheme, regularisation of services of those under special consolidated pay and payment of 21-month arrears of pay commission recommendations.
As far as secondary grade teachers are concerned, they have requested a pay hike on a par with central government employees.
Earlier on Tuesday, a plea filed in the Madras high court against the stir was withdrawn. Recording the same, the court dismissed it.
Protest in southern districts
Around one lakh employees and teachers participated in protests in Madurai, Virudhungar, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga Theni and Dindigul districts.
More than a thousand government employees taged a protest in front of the district collector’s office in Madurai.