They demand payment of salaries through treasury

Municipal workers laid siege to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation’s main office here demanding the State government to pay a minimum wage of Rs.12,500 to them.

The municipal workers, under the aegis of CITU and AITUC, assembled in front of VMC office on Wednesday. Addressing the gathering, CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar and CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said that the government was paying salaries of employees of all municipal corporations in the State except Vijayawada city. The government should pay the municipal employees salaries through treasury, ie 010 head of account.

The services of contract workers should also be regularised, they said.

The municipal workers said that they have been demanding the government to hike their wages.

The government has said that it would address their demand to resolve their problems at a meeting in October last. The officials have promised that they would prepare a report and solve the issue in 30 days following strike by the workers in October. Thereafter, there was no progress, they pointed out.

In this backdrop, the municipal workers across the State have decided to launch an agitation in a phased manner.

The municipal workers unions have served strike notice on January 20. The workers would go on an indefinite strike from February 8, they said.

VMC employees Union leader Asula Ranganayakulu, and Muicipal Corporation Workers Union leader M. David were among those present.

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