Amritsar Municipal Corporation employees’ strike enters 2nd day

Amritsar Municipal Corporation employees’ strike enters 2nd day

Employees of the Municipal Corporation Amritsar (MCA) continued their strike for the second consecutive day here on Saturday. - File photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 27

Employees of the Municipal Corporation Amritsar (MCA) continued their strike for the second consecutive day here on Saturday. A large number of employees led by union leaders Ashu Nahar and Sanjay Khosla gathered at Auto Workshop and raised slogans against Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC officials. The employees wore black badges to observe black Holi.

Ashu Nahar, Leader, Municipal Youth Employees' Federation

Our unions did not call off the strike during the last three and a half years. We served as frontline workers during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have started working on Saturday and cleaned the iconic places of the city. Instead of appreciating the workers, the Mayor failed to fulfil any promise.

Ashu Nahar, leader of the Municipal Youth Employees’ Federation, said, “We gave a memorandum to Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu on Wednesday about our demands. We have mentioned that after 72 hours, we will go on an indefinite strike. The Mayor didn’t hear us so we suspended the lifting of garbage on Friday. The indefinite strike would continue and we will gherao the Mayor’s office on Tuesday.”

Raj Kumar Raju , another union leader, said, “We have decided to stop the functioning of the private solid waste management firm on Monday. We have urged the manager of the solid waste management firm to keep the garbage lifting vehicles off the road otherwise we will not allow them to dump the garbage at the Bhagtanwala dump. The Mayor and the MC employees would be responsible for the further spread of the pandemic.”

Sanjay Khosla, president, Nagar Nigam Employees’ Union, said, “During three and a half years, the Mayor made false promises but did not fulfil our demands. This time all the employees’ unions are united and will not call off the strike till the fulfilment of their demands.”

The MC employees have been demanding the recruitment of safai karamcharis, action against the corrupt practices in the MC and privatisation of departments.

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