MC drivers go on strike, city stinks

MC drivers go on strike, city stinks

Huge garbage dump at Plaza chowk near MC office during MC Drivers union hold strike today in Jalandhar. Photo Sarabjit SIngh, with Aakanksha Story

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, May 11

The Municipal Corporation Jalandhar Drivers’ Union went on a strike on Tuesday.

Arun Kumar, chief of the union, said many employees were appointed on contract as sweepers, but they were working as drivers. “These employees get a salary of a sweeper. They should be promoted and must be given salaries on a par with drivers,” he said.

Meanwhile, JCB operators said they were paid a monthly salary of Rs 8,500 and they have not been paid for the last eight months.

Pardeep Kumar, a JCB operator, said he has been working with the MC for the past 23 years and he has never received his payment well on time. “I have a loan of Rs 45,000 on my head. Now, lenders are also not giving us money as we are unable to repay,” he said.

The JCB operators said whenever there’s a work related to razing illegal structures, they remain on the forefront. Last year, while carrying out a drive of removing illegal structures

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