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Meghalaya holds back pay revision after employees’ strike

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 9, 2009

Shillong(Zee News): In an aggressive move, Meghalaya government has put on hold the pay revision following a two-day strike by the employees who have also threatened to launch an indefinite protest from September 10.

Embarking on the two-day strike from yesterday, the staff abstained from duties demanding that the pay revision be implemented with retrospective effect from January 2006, instead of 2007 as decided by the government.

The state cabinet, in a meeting last night, decided to maintain the status quo with regard to the salaries of the state government employees, putting the pay revision on hold, official sources said.

The decision came barely a week after it had approved an overall pay hike of about 32 per cent for the employees with retrospective effect from January 1, 2007.

The sources said the cabinet concluded that in view of the financial constraints on the state, it would be impossible for the government to revise pay scales with effect from January 1, 2006.

On Saturday, Lapang dismissed the possibility of talks with the employees saying the government was ready to maintain status quo with regard to the salaries of the employees.

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