Unions give deadline to Andhra government to pay pending salaries

Disgruntled employees are threatening to go on strike if their dues are not cleared by Sankranti

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Raising the issues of pending salaries, the leaders of the government employee unions and associates gave an ultimatum to the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government. The leaders have asked the government to pay their pending salaries by 15 January 2023, the next deadline, and demanded that the payment process be streamlined.

Reportedly, the issue has been raised by the Andhra Pradesh Joint Action Committee, Amaravati. The committee met with the leaders of 90 employee unions to express their serious objections over the non-release of salaries even as about half the month was over.

The leaders pleaded to the chief minister to meet with the labour unions to discuss the payment of salaries and dues because the ministerial subcommittee had not made a promise in this regard. As reported by Deccan Chronicle, the union leaders have threartened to take the matter into their own hands and go on strike if no action is taken by the state government before Sankranti.

The leaders said the third AP JAC Amaravati Maha Sabha would be organised in Kurnool in February.

Bopparaju Venkateswarlu, chairmran, APJAC Amaravati said payment of thousands of crores as dues to the employees was pending and salaries were not being released at the start of every month. As per the Deccan Chronicle report, he alleged that the AP government was intentionally delaying the payment.

He also added that the superannuation benefits of employees should be released on the date of retirement.

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