Sanitary workers of the corporation organised a sit-in protest at the corporation office here on Monday demanding confirmation of their jobs.
As many as 50 workers assembled outside Corporation Commissioner C. Kathiravan’s office and sat there throughout the day. Stating that there had been orders passed in 2010 to make their jobs permanent, the workers said that nothing had been done to that effect till date.
“There are more than 1,500 sanitary workers who work on contract basis for the corporation and none of their jobs have been made permanent as of now. While they should be paid Rs. 205 for a day of work, they are being given only Rs. 100,” alleged A. Hamsaraj, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Sanitary Workers Welfare Association.
The workers working at the newly added wards claimed that their wages were still being given according to the Town Panchayat norms and hadn’t been upgraded. “We had requested for benefits such as insurance and disbursal of our wages through banks but no steps have been taken in this regard,” a worker said.
Mr. Hamsaraj alleged that many retired sanitary workers who had worked in the newly added areas had not been given their dues and were yet to receive their final settlement of wages.
The workers said that if their demands were not met, they would have to resort to a complete strike and boycott work for the corporation.