East Delhi may be staring at another garbage crisis after a faction of sanitation workers threatened to go on strike from Wednesday. This will be the third strike this year by sanitation workers over non-payment of salaries, regularisation of jobs, insurance and health card — issues being raised by the East corporation workers since the trifurcation of the MCD in 2012.
President of Delhi Pradesh Swachata Workers’ Union Sanjay Gehlot said, “Thousands of workers, who are part of our union, will gherao the commissioner at East Corporation’s headquarters in Karkardooma.”
“Only some of the 7,000 permanent workers have got their salaries. The daily wagers and substitute workers have not been paid for two months. Several employees are not getting pension,” he said. Gehlot said that of the 15,000 sanitation workers of EDMC, 8,000 workers are with him. However, East Delhi mayor Neema Bhagat said Gehlot has the support of 3,000 workers at most.
Some workers have been sitting on dharna for 280 days, but there has been no effort to end the logjam.
“We have no option but to go on strike,” Gehlot said. Bhagat said, “We held meetings with workers and some factions ended their strike. We will try to convince the other group as well.”