AGVKS has threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike

The All Gujarat Vidhyut Kamdar Sangh (AGVKS) has threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from July 1, 2009 if the government doesn’t act on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in the first week of June with all the eight associations to implement the hike in salary as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

AGVKS is the largest association of the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL). The eight associations of GUVNL approved the MoUs with GUVNL management to implement the Pay Commission’s recommendation for the employees. It is now the government’s turn to approve the MoU.

AGVKS general secretary Girish Joshi said: “The government had last month assured the hike in salaries from June onwards based on the new MoU. The government also promised to provide them with 30 per cent of the arrears in June. But till now, the salary being paid to the Class IV, V and VI employees continue to be the old one.”

He added: “Despite repeated assurances and promises by the top brass of the government, nothing has materialised,” even though the chairman of the association is state BJP president Purshottam Rupala.

According to the association, the file is lying with the Finance Department.

AGVKS was the first association to sign the MoU with the state government over the recommendations of the Pay Panel. Other associations followed suit and signed the MoUs with the state government on June 4.

GUVNL has already sent the MoU to the state government’s Finance Department for approval.

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