The six-day-old strike by employees and teachers in Kerala against government’s decision to introduce Contributory Pension Scheme has been called off by the unions after accepting some proposals made by them.
The proposals are
- Govt assured the unions of creating a mechanism to examine any difficulty for employees that could arise while implementing the new scheme.
- The government agreed that the Centre would be asked to include the State treasury in the list of financial institutions for administering the pension fund.
- Also, while working out details of CPS it would be ensured that the minimum pension for even the employee in the lowest grade would not be less than the amount guaranteed under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) scheme.
With the government toughening its stand and the unions finding it difficult to carry on with the stir indefinitely, both the parties relented from their hard position and the first round of talks were held with Finance Minister K M Mani.This was followed by a meeting of union leaders and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy past midnight and the union leaders announced the decision to end the strike in the early hours today.