SHILLONG, November 30: Employees of the Shillong City Council decided on Wednesday to continue their strike to demand the establishment of the 5th Wage Commission.
The Shillong Municipal Employees Association (SMEA) rejected a request from the Minister of Urban Affairs, Sniawbhalang Dhar, not to continue their agitation and allow him to raise their request to the Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma, who takes care of the finance department.
âWe will continue the strike since we have already decided. We will meet again tomorrow evening to decide on our future course of action, âSMEA Secretary General P Marwein said after meeting Dhar on Tuesday evening.
Marwein also said that SMB employees had appealed to the High Court for non-payment of revised wages in accordance with the 5th Wages Commission.
“The court made the order in our favor in 2020. As a result, the new salary was only paid once in July 2021. But now they have returned to the old salary scale,” he said. declared Marwein.
About 600 employees have not received their wages for four months.
North Shillong MP Adelbert Nongrum criticized the department for not settling pending wages and including them under the 5th Wages Committee. âIt is the government’s duty to respond to their grievances,â he said, while calling on the government to cut unnecessary spending.