AITUC urges govt to resolve grievances of agitating contractual English teachers


 The secretary of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Mr Suhaas Naik, has appealed to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, to intervene and resolve the grievances of trained graduate English contractual teachers who are on strike for the past fortnight.
Addressing the trained graduate English contractual teachers who are agitating opposite Customs House in the city,   Mr Naik condemned the government’s failure to address their
The leader of Trained Graduate English Contract Teachers Association, Mr Sudhir Kesarkar informed that there are over 200 teachers who have worked in various primary schools of the state and whose contract was not renewed after the expiry of their contract period.
They were all employed by the Congress government but when the Parrikar government came to power after the Congress debacle at the hustings, it failed to renew their contract; the teachers were asked to pack up after the academic year came to an end.
The Parrikar government had assured to give them permanent jobs after they went on strike for nearly 15 days last year but there was  no such sign forthcoming from the government relating to their jobs, and so were compelled to agitate.
The contract was signed for the academic year only and as such their services were terminated after the new academic year began following the Parrikar government taking reigns of power in the state and now again they have resumed the strike on March 18 to draw the attention of the government.
While the agitating teachers were addressing the media along with their parents and children, one of the security persons/gardener shooed them away saying the garden is not meant for addressing the media but for public to relax.
The AITUC leader, who sympathised with the agitating teachers  said that this government has to be a role model for others and added that the contact system should be abolished or discontinued in all the government departments once and for all.
He said the agitating teachers should be absorbed in the government departments and stated that AITUC is fully supporting these teachers. He urged the government to absorb them immediately to avoid their further harassment.
He said the contract system is a modern form of slavery and it should be abolished from the state as well as from the nation.
Meanwhile, Mr Kesarkar informed that the teachers will wait for four days for the government response and then will proceed on a hunger strike from Friday onwards and even then if their demands are not met  the leader will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from Monday next. [NT]