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Tamil Nadu government adopts tough stance, suspends striking employees

July 02, 2003 23:33 IST

Adopting a tough stand, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) and suspended its striking employees.

The secretariat staff had launched an indefinite strike demanding, among other things, restoration of curtailed benefits, including a rollback in the cut in pension.

Work in government offices was paralysed as only 12 per cent staff reported for duty.

Over 300 persons were arrested from various parts of the state for obstructing employees from attending office, police said.

Describing the strike as 'irresponsible', the government said it would not adopt a 'soft approach' as it did in the past.

It has decided to recruit temporary staff to fill the vacant posts arising out of the suspensions.

The recruits would come from the rolls in employment exchanges. They would be expected to join duty from July 4, an official release in Chennai said.

Meanwhile, a divisional bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday adjourned to July 8 the hearing of petitions by various employee associations challenging the government order on curtailing pension and other benefits.

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Number of User Comments: 3

Sub: Let the sense Prevail.

Atlast a government has decided to to take the unions by the horns.It has almost become a norm of the day for the various employee ...

Posted by Toms

Sub: good work so far!

At last, we have 1 CM who is willing to act bold in the interests of the commonman. I sincerely hope that the CM's talk ...

Posted by sb kumar

Sub: Both sides need to be careful

Employees should know that actions like strikes cause huge loss to government and that means it causes loss to us. So any strike should not ...

Posted by Chakravarthy Akella



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