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MC sanitation workers call off 8-day-long strike

Due to the protest, the garbage had piled up in dustbins across city.

Chandigarh, Safai karamcharis
The garbage had piled up in dustbins and collection centres across the city. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Hours after creating a ruckus inside the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation office in Sector 17, the Chandigarh Safai Karamchari Union called off their eight-day-long protest on Tuesday after the civic body issued orders accepting their demand for extending full service benefits to its 134 daily wagers.

Due to the protest of the sanitation workers that began last Monday, the garbage had piled up in dustbins and collection centres across the city. Nearly 140 garbage disposal vehicles had also been off the roads since the past one week.

President, Safai Karamchari Union, Krishan Kumar Chadha told Newsline that the sanitation workers would join their duties from Wednesday morning and, if required, put in extra time to clean the garbage collection centres at the earliest.

He said that they had called off the strike after they got a letter from the MC stating that from next month, the daily wagers would be entitled for house rent allowance, medical allowance and all other benefits which the regular employees were entitled to.

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“But some of our issues are still pending. We are demanding jobs for family members of deceased workers on compassionate grounds, as more than 225 sanitation workers have died in the last five years. We will continue taking up this matter with the authorities,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the safai karamcharis created a ruckus inside the MC office in Sector 17 and tried to disrupt the MC House meeting.

Some of them entered the House through the media gallery, where the House meeting was on, and raised slogans against the Chandigarh Administration and MC authorities for unnecessarily delaying the matter.

Soon, the policemen reached there and brought them out of the House. They, however, continued sitting in front of the mayor’s room before they were called for a meeting with senior officials who pacified them and conveyed the decision of the administration.

The MC officials said that they had told the sanitation workers to clean the city within two days as garbage was littered all over the city.