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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:01 AM (IST)

MC workers serve 16-day ultimatum

Tribune News Service

Jammu, March 20

Sanitation workers in the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) have served a 16-day ultimatum on the PDP-BJP government to regularise contractual safai karamcharis or face another agitation. They have warned that if their demands are not met by April 6, they will again suspend their work.

Recently, a four-day strike had led to a major health hazard in the city.

Addressing a press conference, Civil Safai Karamchari Union president Rinku Gill said following the assurance by the government, the union had decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the people.

“Nearly 2,500 safai karamcharis are doing their work with total dedication but their plight is being ignored by the successive governments. For decades, a majority of sanitation workers have not been regularised,” said Gill.

He demanded that the MC should stop engaging NGOs for sanitation work as they were allegedly exploiting the workers. “Temporary daily labourers at present are being paid Rs 4,500 but NGOs pay only Rs 4,000 and the rest is taken by them. The administration has only given us false assurances and has not paid heed to our demands,” Gill claimed.

Apart from regularisation, the workers are demanding a salary hike for contractual workers and constitution of departmental promotion committee for sanitary supervisors working in the department for the past many years.

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