CPM Slams Kerala HC’s Decision on Gov. Employee Strike

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Published on: March 30, 2022 at 12:00 IST

On Tuesday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan slammed the Kerala High Court’s decision that Government Employees have no Right to Strike Employment, adding that what had emerged was the voice of Emergency, that one should not reply, should keep one’s tongue and do one’s work. He stated that the High Court Judgement will have far-reaching consequences.

Balakrishnan told the Media in Kannur on Tuesday, a day after the judgement, that limiting the Right to democratic Protest meant attacking democracy.

He stated that justices are openly speaking what they want to say and alluded to a news conference organised by the Supreme Court’s four senior most judges in 2018 to highlight a litany of concerns with the Supreme Court’s functioning.

“Was that Press Conference held in accordance with any laws? During the press conference, the justices made forceful remarks, and one of them eventually became Chief Justice of India “He stated.

Balakrishnan said that employees went on strike against the British without receiving permission from the Courts, and that the Courts were against it at the time.

He stated that the High Court order has presented a new challenge to Government Employees and that they should be prepared to engage in the strike even if it means losing a day’s salary.

PM Kannur district secretary MV Jayarajan expressed regret that the Court appeared to be ‘possessed by the spirit of the British.’

If Gandhiji had not ceased the agitations when the British forbade strikes, there would have been no Independent India, according to Jayarajan.

Balakrishnan stated that if any store owners open their doors in response to the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti’s request, strike supporters should not be provoked because no hartal call has been issued in the state.

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