Salary woes lead to strike by 1,600 at AMU

Last month’s salary has not been paid to 1,600 non-teaching staff of Aligarh Muslim University

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With about 1,600 non-teaching staff from Aligarh Muslim University going on strike, administrative work was adverserly affected at the University.

The protesting staff members have reportedly not received their salary for the last month.

The strike has entered its third day now.

A majority of the protestors are temporary workers and daily wagers, some of whom have been working at the University for over ten years. They assembled outside the office of the Vice Chancellor of AMU to draw attention to their plight.

Security has been tightened around the campus in lieu of the ongoing protests, even as officials are trying to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, down South, many secondary grade teachers (SGTs) from across Tamil Nadu have been on an indefinite hunger strike for over four days. Some of the protesting teachers have had to be hospitalised. They are seeking ‘equal pay for equal work.’ They want that all SGTs appointed before and after 31 May, 2009 be paid equally.

As of now, SGTs appointed after 1 June, 2009 receive a monthly remuneration that is Rs 3,170 less than those appointed on or before May 31, 2009, while their roles are the same. That means, while some SGTs receive Rs 8,000 per month, others receive Rs 11,170 for the same role.

Secondary grade teachers or SGTs as they are referred to in Tamil Nadu, teach classes one to eight in government schools.

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