Salary not paid for five months, sanitation workers go on strike: The Tribune India


Our correspondent

Tarn Taran, July 26

Local council sanitation contract workers went on an indefinite strike here on Tuesday. The strike is organized to protest against the non-release of their monthly salaries for the past five months.

The workers’ strike caused cleanliness problems in the city. Sanitation workers came to duty this morning and sat on a dharna in the city council compound with brooms in hand.

Dhira, Vishal, Ninki and other sanitation worker leaders claimed they had been demanding their wages for months, but no one came to pay attention to their real grievance.

Leaders said they approached the local MP and other officials, but nothing concrete was done to resolve their issue.

The leaders stressed that their agitation would continue until justice was served. They said they had demanded the regularization of their services by issuing a letter of appointment to them because the employees of the city council were currently employees of a private company. They alleged that there were no details of how much EPF was deducted from their salaries.

Dharampal Singh, chief executive (EO) of the MC, said the demands of the unrest workers were genuine, but the city council was unable to release their five-month wages all at once.

He said the administration had offered to release the two months’ wages of 133 restless sanitation workers and the rest would then be released in turn. The EO said the process for submitting letters of appointment would be launched soon.

“Will continue the agitation until the demands are met”

The chiefs said their agitation would continue until justice was served. They said they had demanded the regularization of their services by issuing a letter of appointment to them because the employees of the city council were currently employees of a private company. They alleged that there were no details of how much EPF was deducted from their salaries.