Refusing to relent, the protesting sanitation workers continued their strike on the fifth consecutive day on Saturday, even as garbage piled up in dustbins and collection centres across the city. Members of the MC Safai Karamchari Union have been demanding regularisation of the 134 daily wagers who were hired on compassionate grounds, and also regularisation of other daily wagers hired after 1992. They have also demanded jobs to family members of deceased workers on compassionate grounds, as more than 225 sanitation workers have died in the last five years.
Protesting workers said that they would not be fooled by mere assurances this time, as in January, they had been promised fulfillment of their demands within 10 days. They were also produced minutes of a meeting which said the workers would be regularised, but they wanted the files cleared first. All garbage dumping vehicles are parked in the MC garage in Industrial Area, and the entire area has begun to stink.