Report by Kamgar Ekta Committee (KEC) correspondent
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government has barred its employees barred from demonstrating or striking for their demands by issuing an order on 3 November 2023. “No government employee shall resort to or in any way abet any form of strike in connection with any matter pertaining to his service or the service of any other government employee,” the order said.
The order further said, “the provision of law is not merely declaratory in nature and shall definitely entail consequences in the event of any such employee found immersive in such acts”.
The order has been issued by citing Rule 20 (i) of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees (Conduct) Rules, 1971.
This is an attack on the rights of workers to demonstrate and strike for getting their grievances and demands addressed. Workers do not enjoy going on strike but are forced to do so when all other avenues fail. The life experience of workers has taught them that whether their demands are made to the government or capitalists, nothing is achieved without struggle. Strike is a basic tool of struggle of workers which cannot be taken away.