The catering contractors,who were earlier facing a staff shortage,have recruited the workers
The jobless diamond workers have now found new jobs. Some are selling vada-pao and other eatables on makeshift carts in the city,while many others are working as conductors on city buses.
There are also a few who are working as waiters in the catering business. This arrangement has served a dual purpose. The catering contractors,who were earlier facing a staff shortage,have recruited the jobless diamond workers,who in turn,are now earning nearly Rs 150 to 200 per day,with the start of the marriage season.
Alpesh Patel,a diamond polisher,who is now doing a waiter’s job,said: “We were jobless since the last three months and used up all our savings,and even sold the utensils. It is difficult to get a job these days as every industry has been affected by recession. Nobody gives us a job. One day,while passing through a party plot in the City Light area,I saw the waiters. I contacted one of them and inquired about the salary and the vacancies. Later,I contacted the catering manager and joined work.”
He added: “Earlier,I felt bad about having to serve food and wear a catering suit,but keeping in mind the shortage of money in the house,I continued. Slowly my friends and relatives also joined work and at present,there are around 150 diamond polishers working with the same catering contractor.”
Mohanlal Patel,a caterer said: “I have been in the catering business for the last 10 years. We were facing a shortage of staff for which we had to call for waiters and waitresses from Mumbai. We also had to give them travel fare for attending work at any marriage reception. But now we have overcome the staff shortage. Majority of the 500 waiters working under me are jobless diamond polishers. Even my competitors have recruited jobless diamond polishers to work as waiters.”