The United Front of MCD Employees said Sunday the municipal workers strike, ongoing for 12 days, would continue until the Delhi government “removed its conditions” for giving money to the corporations.
Sanjay Gehlot, leading the umbrella body of sanitation workers unions, said the Delhi government had put forth a condition before the MCDs to remove its contractual employees to downsize its employee strength.
“We will not allow this. Some of these employees have been working for 20 years and their families depend on this. How can they be sacked?”
The Front will protest against the “conditional loan” offer to the MCDs by the Delhi government at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s office. Workers will also raise the matter before Delhi High Court Monday. However, Gehlot said, “If the court orders us to call off our strike, we will, but not before we get a guarantee from the government that our salaries will not be delayed again.”
Municipal workers believe the bailout from the Delhi government will lead to a ban on regularisation of contract-based workers of the corporation. “We have decided to seek a permanent solution of our issues from the high court. We do not want to be on strike but we have been left with no choice,” Rajendra Mewati, general secretary of the Front said.
Municipal doctors, teachers and engineers ended their strike on Sunday after deliberations with the three Delhi mayors. However, the unions of sanitation workers which originally joined the strike in solidarity with other employees continue to be on strike.