Teachers go on hunger strike to protest management after years of overdue wages

Teachers at Shantiniketan Polytechnic College in New Panvel have been on a hunger strike for six days. The teachers alleged that management owed their salaries for the past 8 to 10 years. However, Rajesh Pawar, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP of (Naigaon) Nanded, owner of the college, says the allegation is baseless and the teachers are trying to defame the college and the MP.

On February 24, among the 17 teaching and non-teaching faculties, two of them including Amol Deshmukh and Swapnil Bhoir started a hunger strike. On Tuesday, two teachers joined them.

The teachers had been complaining about malpractice for many years. In recent years, they have also written to other chief ministers, ministers of education and departments of technical institutes, but with no response from anywhere, they have taken the extreme step of starting a labor strike. hunger.

In the complaint to the ministers and the technical department, the teachers claimed that most of them had joined the institute from 2012 to 2014. “But so far they had not received a salary in accordance with the letter In addition, after confinement in the past 8 months or a year, the management had not paid them their salary when they raised the question of the due on the salary. In addition, the teacher claims that those who who speak out against management are either fired or threatened,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.

The teachers complained after their meeting with the education department, which they had approached. A commission of inquiry from the Department of Technical Education and the State Technical Council of Maharashtra held a meeting at the college on 17th December 2021, the first week of January 2022. “We have produced all the documents including pay slip and bank account details for However, the management was not available to meet with us and MLA Pawar sent his personal assistant who took time for the same. No response or relief came to us” , added the teacher.

Speaking on behalf of MP Pawar, the polytechnic college secretary said: “The allegations made by the teachers are baseless. How can an employee work without being paid for so many years? They try to defame us using hunger strike techniques and pressure us to earn more income. At the meeting of the Department of Technical Education, we asked them to produce the syllabus which they taught to the children. But they don’t have it. They skip the lessons for the children and ask for the salary. We are going to file a defamation suit against them as their allegations are baseless,” Pawar added.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2022, 9:48 PM IST

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