Teachers in residential schools in India are starting an indefinite strike in their campaign for full pension rights The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, where the teachers work, are residential schools in far flung rural areas, where conditions of service for teaching and non-teaching staff are very hard. Staff are expected to remain in school round the clock. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) representing the teachers says that management is refusing to negotiate and is 'exploiting them day and night' according to its website. The JAC says: "Thousands of us work away from our native states without a hope for a transfer in the nearest future. Should the principles of democracy and scientific approach we teach in our classrooms be confined to textbooks and classrooms only?" The JAC called a mass casual leave in January - now they are calling for indefinite strike action from tomorrow, February 6th. 600 schools and 20,000 employees across India are likely to take part.