Teachers protests for salary hike, without affecting teaching

Mumbai: Without disturbing the school functioning, nearly 150 primary teachers from around 450 of the civic-aided schools are on indefinite protest on rotation, demanding salary at par with other municipal employees and their arrears of the previous revised pay.

"We are against the step-motherly treatment meted to us by the country's richest civic body," Primary Teachers' Association Secretary Prabhakar Date told PTI.

Nearly 150 teachers are protesting in rotation at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai for the last three days.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) takes four to five years to implement its announcement of revised pay scale and on top of that they have not paid the arrears for 84 months from 2000 to 2007, Date said.

The 2000 revised pay scale was announced but still not implemented, he said.

"The revised pay scale of 2000 is yet to be paid and also it is discriminatory in nature. As it is not at par with the other employees of MCGM it is insulting to the teaching community," he said.

There are around 450 civic aided schools and "we are protesting in rotation as we do not want to disturb the classes. We are from schools of all mediums including Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati and English", a teacher said.