Guest lecturers demand job security, to protest on February 8

Guest lecturers from first grade colleges across the state will take part in an indefinite hunger strike starting from February 8 to demand job security for the 14,531 guest lecturers in Karnataka.

Disappointed with the state government’s “apathy” towards their grievances, the Karnataka State Government Degree College Guest Lecturers' Association has decided to take this step, the members said.

They demand that on the basis of their seniority in service and age limit, guest lecturers should be made permanent and provided job security. A committee comprising writer Baragur Ramachandrappa, members of the Legislative Council and other experts should be formed to look into the matter, they say.

The protest will begin at 11 am on February 8 with the garlanding of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Anand Rao circle, followed by a march to Freedom Park.

Equal pay for equal work and paid maternity leave are some of their other demands.
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