Municipal bodies to meet Dec 26 to decide new line of agitation

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IMPHAL December 24: Joint co ordination committee of All Manipur Municipality Employees and Workers’ Union and Imphal Municipality Employees Union has renewed the demand for implementation of the 6th Pay Commission salary for the employees of nine municipal councils in the state.

Speaking to the media person, the general secretary of the committee said that the agitation by the local bodies of Kakching , Thoubal, Mayang Imphal, Nambol, Bishnupur, Ningthoukhong, Moirang and Jiribam municipalities took place in September last. But, even after one month of strike there was no positive response from the side of the government, he stated.

After that in October this year, representatives of the municipality councils along with the local MLAs, ministers and chairpersons met the CM to discuss a three-point demand comprising of a pension scheme and service organisation other the one for adoption of the new pay structure, he said.  

During that meeting the CM conceded to the first two points but expressed the administration’s inability to accept the third demand as the state was not in a good position financially. Very soon, the chairpersons called off the agitation without consulting the employees, he said.

Afterwards, the co-ordination committee was set up by employees of the nine municipal councils including the IMC and a notice was sent to the government about its plans to carry on its stir. From December 2, mass sit in protest was organised by all the employees and mass casual leave taken on December 17, he said.

He asserted their demand for payment of salaries in line with the 6th pay commission is a legitimate one since the municipal councils are semi-government bodies and even the employees of the MUDA and PDA which are state government undertakings had drawn its benefit.   

He informed that their cease work strike will continue until their demands for pay restructuring is accomplished. A meeting will be held on December 26 where further democratic forms of agitations for the future will be finalised, he stated.

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