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Seven years later, MSSA staffers' seven-hour hunger strike bears fruit

After seven years of demanding their dues, six Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) employees got the 121-year-old school body's assurance to have their demands fulfilled in just seven hours after resorting to an indefinite hunger strike at Azad Maidan yesterday.

MSSA's staffers Rajaram Gawde (left), Jayesh Parmar, Dattatray Tambadkar, Rakesh Gaud, Ravi Kahar and Anthony D’Souza (right) protest at the Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
MSSA's staffers Rajaram Gawde (left), Jayesh Parmar, Dattatray Tambadkar, Rakesh Gaud, Ravi Kahar and Anthony D’Souza (right) protest at the Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate  

Jayesh Parmar, one of the six MSSA employees who sat on the strike, is glad that MSSA President Fr Jude Rodrigues agreed to fulfill their demands.

He said, "We didn't expect that even before the first day got over MSSA officials would agree to fulfill our demands. Today evening we had a meeting with Fr Jude and he has asked us to give a detailed list of the payments that are due and agreed to pay us accordingly."

Among the strikers were a MSSA peon, three groundskeepers and two junior clerks. Explaining the reason behind accepting the employees' demands, MSSA general secretary Sebastian Fernandes said, "The inter-school season is still on and we didn't want any further delay in the process. They were called for a meeting and everything was resolved amicably. They will come to work from tomorrow."

Key demands...

Release yearly increment, DA, HRA and CLA as per the Pay Commission, which has been stopped from 2008, besides their arrears from 2008 to October 2014.

An increment in their salary from November, 2014 onwards as per the new pay commission.

Issue of a provident fund (PF) account number where the monthly PF is deposited in the provident fund office.

Refund of the salary that was deducted for the leave taken on public holidays.

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