CHENNAI: After more than four hours of negotiations with Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and five other Ministers at the Secretariat on Tuesday night, the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) announced that it would go on an indefinite strike from February 10, as scheduled, while five other government employees’ unions have declared that they would not take part in the strike.
R Tamilselvi, president of the TNGEA, told mediapersons that during the talks, no agreement could be clinched on the association’s 20-point charter of demands and hence, it would go ahead with the indefinite strike plan from February 10.
Meanwhile, R Shanmugaranan, president, Tamil Nadu Government Officials Union, who had also held talks with the team of Ministers, told Express that they had detailed discussions. The Ministers had promised that the demands would be brought to the notice of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and the needful would be done.
Asked whether they would be joining the indefinite strike, he said, “we will not be part of any strike.”
Representatives of 22 associations, who took part in the talks, decided to wait for the interim budget scheduled for February 16.