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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lifeguards end strike, to resume duty from today

Will resume agitation if govt fails to meet their demands

PANJIM: Ending their three-day long token strike called on Friday, the lifeguards have decided to resume duties from Monday on the condition that they will agitate again if government fails to fulfill their demands.
“The lifeguards will resume duty on Monday. We are monitoring the reaction of State government. If they fail to fulfill our demands, we will agitate again,” Suhas Naik, State secretary, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said.
More than 600-odd lifeguards had struck their duties from Friday leaving the beaches unmanned. Goa police were deployed to stop the tourists from venturing in the water as the sea was rough on Saturday and Sunday.
The lifeguards employed by private firm Drishti Lifesaving Services are demanding regularisation of their services and hike in the pay scale.
Naik said the union will also keep a watch on Drishti management’s behaviour once lifeguards resume duties on Monday. “If there is any retrenchment or harassment to the workers, all the lifeguards will strike indefinitely,” he said.
The lifeguards, had on Friday, protested outside the Tourism Department head office in Panjim, which was followed by a huge rally in Calangute.
On Sunday, the lifeguards protested at Colva beach pressing for their demand.  They held a public rally which culminated into a public meeting near the Colva junction. The rally was addressed by MLAs Aleixo Reginaldo (Curtorim) and Vijai Sardesai (Fatorda) and other leaders.                        
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has refused to intervene in the demands of lifeguards claiming that the services have been outsourced and it is the spat between the workers and company management. He had even opined that the lifeguards are free to approach Labour Court for justice, if feel they are been ill-treated by the company.

Herald Goa News

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