Srinagar, Oct 26: Thousands of daily wagers and casual labourers of different government department began two-day strike from today, demanding among other things regularization of their service, implementation of 7th pay commission and minimum wages Act in the Jammu and Kashmir.
After holding dozens of protest demonstrations during the past several months, the daily wagers and casual labourers under the banner of J&K Casual and Daily wagers Forum had threatened to go for pen down strike from October 26.
As the government failed to do justice and resolve our problems, we have started two-day strike from today which could be intensified in future if our demands are not met.
The Forum president Sajjad Ahmad Parray told reporters at Jal Shakti office at Exchange Road that thousands of workers are on strike today. We were forced to take this step, he said adding those associated with the Forum remained absent from their duties.
He said in some departments daily wagers and casual labourers are working for more than two decades without being regularized when the government had announced that all those who complete seven years will be made permanent.
He said in several departments these workers have not been paid their wages for months.