Goan Lifeguards will be going on three-day strike starting from tomorrow 2th May. The strike is decided now nearly four months after they first struck work demanding regularization and pay hike. These are what they are demanding from so long now. Read the whole report here.
All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) state Secretary Suhas Naik told reporters, “We have tried to hold a dialogue with the state government over our demands but they do not seem interested.”
As said by him, 600-odd lifeguards, who all are attached to private agency Drishti Lifesaving Services, manning the prominent beaches in Goa would go on strike from May 20 to May 22.
Their demands include regularization of their services and hike in salary.
During this time, the management of the lifeguard agency said they have taken plenty of precaution and have made adequate alternative arrangements to ensure the safety of tourists with the support of Goa government.
Drishti Lifesaving stated, “As proven in the past, operations will not be disturbed.” It added, “Drishti strongly condemns union leaders for misleading gullible and young lifeguards. The demands are completely opportunistic and unreasonable,”
As said by the management, “Should the demands be reasonable, what is the need to strike on a weekend and hold tourists and the state at ransom, when the same protests can be carried out in off-duty hours and off season.”
The lifeguards, who had struck their work between December 29 and January 13, took back the strike following the promise by Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar and Goa Labour Minister Avertano Furtado.