India : College teachers' strike today
Government college teachers’ associations have planned to go on strike on Saturday demanding implementation of the promised pay hike.
While the Government College Teachers Manram (GCTM) will go on a
day-long fast, the Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Associations, teachers’ associations from Madurai Kamaraj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar, Mother Teresa, Karaikudi and Alagappa universities and the association of non-teaching staff will picket for three days in the city from Tuesday.
Manram president P. Sivaraman said 621 teachers recruited between 1979 and 1985 have been denied career advancement. Around 4,000 assistant professors who joined after 2007 have not received even their first pay hike of Rs. 1,000.
The Higher Education Department recruited teachers in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 but has not prepared the seniority list. Such a list was last made in 1998. The list is made based on the date of joining duty and used for promoting a teacher as the head of the department or as principal. Teachers in the Government Arts and Science College in Uthiramerur stayed away for a few days in January as they did not have money to travel to college. The Manram had financially supported the indigent teachers who are part of the 60 guest lecturers appointed at the start of the academic year. They have not received even a month’s salary so far. “We took it up with the Directorate of Collegiate Education but to no avail. Their academic year ends on March 10 and yet there is no respite,” Mr. Sivaraman said.