Strike in Kerala – Union Leader Meets Finance Minister

13 Jan 2013

Tentative signs of the ongoing indefinite strike by pro-Left Democratic Front (LDF) State employees and teachers against the proposed contributory pension scheme reaching a resolution appeared on Sunday evening with Finance Minister K.M. Mani inviting the unions on strike for a formal discussion.

On Sunday forenoon, Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan taunted the Chief Minister accusing him of arrogance and stubbornness on the issue. The Opposition Leader said he had spoken to Mr. Mani about the need for talks, but was told that he could not do so without a directive from the Chief Minister.

The government and the unions have given sufficient indications of a climbdown from their earlier positions on the contributory pension scheme, the former putting forward at least three different options for investing the pension fund proceeds and holding forth the promise that the employees could be assured of a minimum pension. The unions have been pushing for a dialogue with the government, not only because of the perceived flagging of support for the strike, but for fear of a public backlash.


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