The indefinite strike by service organisations owing allegiance to Left parties which began on 8th January, Tuesday, against the Kerala State government’s decision to introduce Participatory Pension Scheme for government employees and teachers had badly affected functioning of government offices and educational institutions in the state .
Though the government issued orders making ‘diesnon’ (no work, no pay) applicable to striking employees, attendance at offices was thin. The organisations called for the strike after talks held by the government with service organisations failed.
Even after the government had warned of stringent measures against protesters and using police force against the agitating workers the indefinite strike is a huge success. The pro-LDF unions of KSRTC and KSEB also struck work on Tuesday to express solidarity with the agitation. The agitating employees took out marches in front of the various government offices in the state on Tuesday morning.
On the second day the congress is using goons to destablize the strike. CPIM State secretary Com. Pinarayi Vijayan in a press meet has clearly given a warning against such attempts by congress goons to attack agitating workers.