Pune, 18th February 2023:Non-teaching staff of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and other universities in Maharashtra are set to go on strike starting Monday due to the lack of written assurance from the government on various pending demands. The Maharashtra State University and College Employees Joint Action Committee said that despite positive discussions with the Deputy Chief Minister, no written commitment has been made by the government.
The demands of the non-teaching staff have been pending for an extended period, including the revival of the Government’s Assured Progression Scheme, the Implementation of Ten, Twenty, Thirty Benefit Scheme, and the Payment of 7th Pay Commission Difference to Employees. Other demands include Recruitment of Non-Teaching Staff Vacancies, Implementation of Old Pension Scheme for Post-2005 Employees, and Implementation of Pay Commission for 1410 University Employees.
To express their frustration, the non-teaching staff wore black ribbons on February 15 and held a one-day symbolic strike on February 16. However, due to the lack of written assurance, they have decided to escalate their strike action, which may affect the 12th exams starting on February 21.
The organization has explained that the government will be held responsible for any loss that students may incur due to the strike. The state government is being accused of deliberately ignoring the demands of the non-teaching staff, prompting them to take a more aggressive stance.