HC declares strike by Govt employees illegal

Friday, 31 August 2018 | PNS | Nainital– Taking a stern stance on the issue of recurring strikes by government employees, the high court of Uttarakhand has directed the state government to declare such strikes by its employees as illegal.If employees go on strike, the government has been directed to implement section 4 of the Government Employees Conduct Rules 1966. The high court orderd that the government should cancel the recognition of employees organisations on strike and impose penalty on them. The division bench of acting chief justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Manoj Tiwari issued these orders after taking cognisnace of the recurring strike by government employees in the state. The division bench expressed surprise observing that even doctors and para medical staff go on strike in the state whereas they are responsible for saving the lives of thousands of people. Similarly, teachers going on strike negatively affects the educational atmosphere in the state. Employees on strike are preventing facilitation of essential services like electricity, water, health, roads, education which is against the concept of a welfare state as it detrimentally affects the interests of thousands of people. Considering these facts, the divison bench noted that maintaining essential services is vital. In view of this, strike by government employees in the state should be declared illegal. This order will apply on government departments along with local bodies and corporations. Making stern observations, the divison bench stated that workers on strike do not have the right to salary, considering which the principle of no work no pay should be enforced.

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