Unpaid salaries for MeECL employees and SSA teachers, Meghalaya

Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) staff as well as SSA teachers in Meghalaya are agitating because their salaries have not been paid for the past several months

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Members of the Meghalaya Energy Corporation’s (MeECL) Coordination Committee of Registered MeECL (Employee) Associations and Unions (CCORMAU) are threatening to resort to countermeasures over their pending salaries for October and November, if it’s not cleared by the authorities by December 14. On the other hand, for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers of Meghalaya, the salaries have been pending since the past five months.

The CCORMAU members are threatening to go on a hunger strike on December 16 and 17, if their pending wages are not released by December 14. Employees are ready to voluntarily participate in the strike. Further on December 21, officers and the staff of CCORMAU will abstain from attending to maintenance work and complaints from 10 AM to 4.30 PM except for the emergency services, such as health and security. The union has also threatened to go on mass casual leave if the salary of December 2020 is not cleared by January 10, 2021.

The MeECL employees has said they will resort to non-cooperation against the management from January 18 if no action is taken by the concerned authorities. A total shutdown on January 22, 2021 has been announced by the union as well, if their demands are not fulfilled.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya SSA Schools Association (MSSASA) is gearing to launch online and offline agitations starting December 15 to protest against the Centre, over the non-release of their overdue salaries. A statement issued by the Association said that this matter had been brought to the notice of the concerned authority’s multiple times with no positive response or action.

A recent meeting between the Association and the State Project Director revealed that the Ministry of Education was delaying the first instalment of funds for Meghalaya, which has resulted in a delay in salary payment to the teachers. Efforts are on by the government body that dispatches the salaries for the teachers to get the funds released before Christmas.