About 1.5 lakh government teachers from the Telangana region are not keen on taking part in the indefinite strike from September 6 fearing the ‘no-work-no-pay rule’ that has been imposed by the state government following an order by the AP High Court.
Leaders of all major teachers’ unions in Telangana are struggling to convince the teachers to go on an indefinite strike from September 6 demanding for a Telangana state.
During the recent meetings organised by various teachers’ unions, the teachers categorically stated that they cannot afford to lose their salaries by resorting to an indefinite strike since a majority of them draw a meagre salary of less than Rs.12,000 per month.
They also made it clear they did not have enough ‘savings’ to meet their financial needs and that their family members will suffer if they did not get salaries on the account of a strike.
All the major teachers’ unions such as Progressive Recognised Teachers Union, State Teachers Union, Physical Education Teachers Union, Democratic Teachers Federation and United Teachers Federation have established their ‘Telangana units’ to take up the T-struggle. They have registered as separate entities by splitting their parent organisations on regional grounds.
The ‘no-work-no-pay’ rule imposed by the state government as per the orders of the AP High Court has shown an evident impact on the teachers’ agitation programmes — so much so that less than 100 teachers turned up for a rally organised by the unions from Baghlingampally to Indira Park on Wednesday — in support of Telangana.
“Most of the teachers are of the view that unless the public takes an active part in the agitation programmes in support of Telangana, there will be no impact either on the state government or the Centre. There is no use if just government employees like teachers go on an indefinite strike. If political leaders and the general public take the lead, the teachers and other employees will also follow suit,” said Mr P. Sudhakar Reddy, former MLC and the leader of Telangana-PRTU.
Majority of the teachers were recruited during the last three years and were drawing a salary of less than Rs.12,000 per month.
Some teachers with less than two years service are getting a salary of just Rs.3,500. All these teachers are objecting to the decision of the leaders to go on an indefinite strike since it will land them in financial tro Deccan Chronicle