Waste collectors to resume work today

Though the MC has assured them that it will consider most of their demands, the ones pertaining to the wearing of GPS-enabled watches and not working under the corporation are unlikely to be accepted.

Waste collectors to resume work today

Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26

After four days of strike, door-to-door garbage collectors and sanitation workers will resume work tomorrow.

Though the MC has assured them that it will consider most of their demands, the ones pertaining to the wearing of GPS-enabled watches and not working under the corporation are unlikely to be accepted. “We have told them the decision regarding two of their demands was approved by the House and subsequently cleared by the UT Administration. If anything has to change, it can be done only by the House,” said a senior MC official.

However, the Safai Karamchari Union president said:

“We have been assured that the two issues will be brought to the House again. Though we will resume work tomorrow, four members of the union will still stage a dharna daily.”

Other demands of the union included regularisation of daily wagers, pay hike for contractual staff, allotment of houses to daily-wage employees and pension benefits for all.

In a meeting with the union, MC Commissioner KK Yadav, Joint Commissioner Sorabh Arora and Medical Officer of Health Dr Amrit Warring were present.

They assured the union members to take up the demands with the higher-ups. Meanwhile, several Sehaj Safai Kendras (SSKs) were seen full of garbage. Garbage was also seen strewn on roadside, parks, open spaces and near SSKs.

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