Contract workers remain jobless, one year after calling off strike

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The Goa Recruitment and Employment Union had in December last embarked on a month-long protest against removal of their jobs from the Human Resource Recruitment Society, including those in positions of security guards, supervisors and housekeeping staff.

Their month-long strike led to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar promising to accommodate the workers in other departments and reinstate them in other jobs. Of the 800 that were registered with the union, 145 still remain jobless but some of those that were placed in jobs, now complain of harassment.
Speaking for the workers, social activist Swati Kerkar said, “The Managing Director of the society is harassing those placed in jobs not to form a union and asking for an apology for their month-long protest.”
Kerkar pointed out to how the Chief Minister is responsible for them and questioned such rules on the workers.
Of the 145 that are yet to receive placements, eight belong to the supervisory section, 85 in the male security section, 30 in the female security section and 22 in the housekeeping section.
Kerkar said she would back the workers till each one received a job and that the government should work towards reaching this target.

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