The Madras High Court today stayed an indefinite strike by government employees and teachers in Tamil Nadu, after a PIL was filed seeking ban on the stir.
Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by T Sekaran, Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of the High Court’s Madurai bench passed an interim order staying the strike and said it should not affect health services, education and the administration.
The Joint Action Council of Government Teachers and Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO) had given a call for the strike from today to press for their demands, including restoration of the old pension scheme.
During the hearing, the bench observed that teachers should not use strike as a tool and could press for their demands through other means.
The judges also directed office bearers of JACTO-GEO to be impleaded as respondents and ordered them to file their counter on September 14.
The petitioner had yesterday submitted that the council had claimed that 12 lakh teachers and employees would join the strike and added that the public would be affected by it.
Sekaran contended that though he had sent a representation to the chief secretary of the state seeking to prevent the employees from going on a strike and ensure smooth functioning of government offices and educational institutes, no action had been taken.
As carried in pti on 8/9/2017