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Sanitation workers on strike again, garbage piles up in city

This is not the first time that the union has launched the strike.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
January 15, 2015 2:32:39 pm

Garbage collection and disposal system in the city came to a complete halt on Wednesday as all the sanitation workers went on a strike to press forth their “long-pending demands”. Garbage piled up in dustbins and garbage collection points all across the city, while around 140 garbage collection vehicles remained in the Municipal Corporation workshop in the industrial area where the protesters staged a dharna throughout the day.

Hundreds of members of the Safai Karamchari Union gathered at the MC workshop in Industrial Area, Phase I, in the morning and launched the strike. President of the union, Krishan Kumar, said that their primary demands include regularisation of 134 sanitation workers who are at present working as daily wagers, employment of family members of the deceased workers on compassionate grounds, and promotion of literate sanitation workers to the post of clerks.

“The death ratio among the sanitation workers is high as we work under hazardous circumstances. The UT Administration and senior MC officials have repeatedly assured us that our demands would be met but to no avail. We’ll continue the strike until all our demands our met,” said Kumar.

The protesters also said that the drivers working at the MC workshop should be provided oil, jaggery and soap like the rest of the workers.

This is not the first time that the union has launched the strike. They gheraoed the MC office in Sector 17 in December and stopped garbage collection in a similar manner in September last year, due to the same set of demands.

Meanwhile, residents continued to be at the receiving end as garbage was left uncollected. “This is in complete contrast to the nationwide Swachh Bharat campaign. Garbage cannot be left like this even on a single day, especially in a beautiful city like ours,” said Ashok Kumar, a Sector 27 resident.

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