Why service unions in Kerala oppose plan to make 4th Saturday holiday for govt staff

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government’s proposal to make the fourth Saturday of every month a holiday for its staffers received an opposing response from service unions in the state.

Chief secretary had called up a meeting of service union representatives on Tuesday to specifically discuss the holiday and die-in-harness appointment scheme. It was during the meeting that representatives raised contentions against the holiday. They also urged the government to continue with the existing die-in-harness appointment scheme and not to implement the new proposal which curtails its scope.

Following are the state government’s conditions for making the fourth Saturday a holiday

1. If the fourth Saturday is made a holiday, then the total number of casual leaves will be 15 instead of 20 (That means in a year they will get 12 Saturdays off, but they have to forego 5 casual leaves)

2. The working hours will be extended to 30 minutes in a day

On the die-in-harness appointment scheme, the government proposed that instead of a job to the kin of the employee who died while serving, Rs 10 lakh will be given as financial assistance for those who cannot apply for the job within a year.

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