Kashmir: Strike looms over pro-independence sackings

State union with 300,000 employees could strike over pro-independence workers being sacked

Kashmir: Strike looms over pro-independence sackings

World Bulletin / News Desk

Days after the government in disputed Indian-held Kashmir sacked 12 local government employees for taking part in the ongoing 104-day independence uprising, another revolt threatens state offices from within, as the employees union in Kashmir has threatened a strike if the employees are not reinstated.

The dismissed employees come from various government departments, including education, revenue, food, and public health.

The Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC), the largest employees union in the region – with 400,000 members, according to its head Abdul Qayoom Wani – has threatened to launch agitation if the dismissals are not reversed. 

According to sources in the government, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, there is “a longer list of employees who will also be sacked for their participation in the protests.” 

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said that appropriate legal action was taken against the employees as warranted under the law. 

"We are examining the cases of the employees involved in incidents of stone pelting, [soldiers],’’ Khan told reporters. 

Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2016, 16:34
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