Sanjha Morcha split over calling off stir


The differences within the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha — an umbrella union of teachers — have come out in the open as two of its disgruntled unions held a massive show of strength at Mehmadpur grain market, 10 km from here, on Sunday.

The SSA-RMSA Teachers’ Union and Model Adarsh School Karamchari Association are miffed at the morcha’s decision to call off the strike on Saturday. The decision was taken after an assurance by Education Minister OP Soni to review the decision of regularisation at a reduced salary of Rs15,300.

The two unions are demanding regular jobs at the full pay scale.

The unions, along with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Ugrahan, started an indefinite strike at a new site (the grain market) on Sunday. They questioned the morcha on calling off the strike without any written assurance from the minister.

Dr Amritpal Singh Sidhu, president of the Model Adarsh School Karamchari Association, said: “Even earlier, the Education Minister’s announcements did not materialise. The Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Monday. The government should take steps to regularise jobs of teachers at the full pay scale.”

A dissident leader, Didar Mudki, said: “How can the morcha end the indefinite strike without any concrete in hand? Until there is a concrete action on the pay of teachers, the protest will continue.”

The morcha, however, said it didn’t know why the two unions went against its decision. “Their protest is not under our banner. Going against the morcha is not a good decision,” said Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha convener Davinder Singh Punia.

Sources say the Sanjha Morcha might expel the protesting unions.


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