New Delhi :
Sanitation workers of the city’s civic bodies demanding payment of their salaries and arrears staged a demonstration at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on the first day of their proposed strike starting today.
“A massive demonstration was staged at CM Kejriwal’s residence in which a memorandum of our demands including regular salary, payment of arrears, regularisation of contract based employees, cashless health cards among others will be presented to him,” said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Swatantra Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukt Morcha leading sanitation workers.
The sanitation workers and other employees of the three municipal corporation—NDMC, SDMC and EDMC—will also go on strike from January 27, he said.
“The issues of salary and arrear payment have affected all the employees of the municipal corporations, including the doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers, sanitation workers and other class III and IV staff, who have not been paid salaries for upto 3 months,” Gehlot said.
He also claimed that not only sanitation workers but other employees of municipal corporations will join the strike.
The sanitation workers of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) had gone on a strike in October last leading to unhygienic conditions in that area due to huge amount of undisposed filth in the streets.
The strike was ended after the Delhi High Court intervened and directed the municipal corporation authorities to ensure disposal of garbage.