Teachers cannot strike work: Madras HC

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 13, 2017 05:00 PM IST

Chennai: The Madras High Court today condemned the ongoing strike by government staff especially teachers across the State.

The court said, it would pass orders that would prevent them from seeking judicial remedy in future. It further questioned the State government on action taken by it to end strike and ensures all return to work.

A petition was filed by an advocate Suryaprakash seeking the court to order counselings for students, who could not get medical admission because of NEET.

The petition came up for hearing before Justice Kirubakaran today. Suryaprakash said that students who studied in State board syllabus are finding it difficult to clear NEET Exams, which is based on CBSE curriculum. He also brought to the notice of courts that teachers have been striking work for past three months, that affects students.

Intervening Justice Kirubakaran, said,"The court condemned the strike by teachers on many occasions in the past. If such protests continue, we will be compelled to pass order for providing compensation to students from teachers, government staff association and the government."

"Teachers of private schools are not striking work," he observed.

Coming down heavily on State government, the Judge asked what steps have been taken by the them to end the strike by teachers.

He further said, only five students who studied in State board syllabus have managed to pass NEET examination this year. "This is pathetic. What action is initiated on teachers who have not been to school regulary," he added.

Expressing his agony at various government employees association criticising courts and its recent orders, Justice Kirubakaran, said,"We will not compromise on education. Those in education, medicine and police should not stay away from work. Teachers associations are not above the Constitution. They have greater responsibility."

He further said that it would pass orders that would prevent them from seeking judicial remedy in future.

It may be recalled that Madras High Court recently stayed an indefinite strike by government employees and teachers, after a PIL was filed seeking ban on the stir.

The Joint Action Council of Government Teachers and Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO) are striking work for almost a week pressing for their demands, including restoration of the old pension scheme.

During the hearing, the bench observed that teachers should not use strike as a tool and could press for their demands through other means.