Isaac had a discussion with Kerala Gazetted Officers Association (KGOA) on rectifying anomalies in the pay revision of college lecturers. At this meeting the minister is learnt to have given assurance that the arrears from Jan 1, 2020 will be paid for the lecturers.
However, KGMCTA rejected this proposal. “The association was not invited for discussion and hence we are not sure about what was the agreement they made. We are not ready to accept any proposal other than providing the arrears from Jan 1, 2016,” said Dr S Binoy, state president of KGMCTA. Since the discussion was held without our participation, we cannot accept a proposal which the minister and KGOA representatives have agreed upon. We will go ahead with our strike plan; three-hour OP duty and teaching sessions will be boycotted on Jan 29 from 8am as a mark of protest, said Dr Binoy.
KGMCTA called a strike as the government hadn’t given assurance on providing arrears while implementing pay revision. The pay revision, which was due in 2016, was done only in 2020; the government had assured that it will have a retrospective effect from Jan 1, 2016. But, it has not given any commitment on arrears, it was said.