Municipal workers owing allegiance to Centre of Indian Trade Unions laid siege to the main building of GVMC here on Saturday demanding scrapping of MoU signed with Ramky for solid waste management and implementation of minimum wages.
Hundreds of sanitary and other workers led by GVMC Employees’ Union (CITU) squatted at the entry and exit gates of GVMC for three hours bringing traffic on the road to a standstill.
During discussions with the union leaders, Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu said the agreement with Ramky was signed on court orders along with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to improve sanitary conditions. He said as per the MoU, the garbage would be recycled to use it for agriculture and other productive purposes.
Union leaders G. Venkat Reddy, G. Subba Rao, former corporator B. Eswaramma, and others took part in the protest.
The Commissioner told them that the wages of water supply department was stopped for past few months to weed out benami workers. He said efforts were being made to release their wages at the earliest. He said for the package workers, one day off would be given.
The union demanded implementation of GO Ms. No. 333 and 1289 as per agreement reached before the Joint Labour Commissioner. There was no justification in not releasing the arrears, the union stated.
CITU former State president Ch. Narsinga Rao said they were demanding scrapping of the agreement with Ramky.
He said this would render several sanitary workers jobless and put extra pressure on less number of workers. Stating that the agreement was against public interest, he said Ramky was known for buying lands at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City for Rs.1 lakh and less per acre and later selling it for over Rs.1 crore.
Mr. Rao said they were insisting on payment of Rs.10,000 per month as minimum wage for the contract workers and reimbursement of provident fund and ESI amount by GVMC, which was being deducted from the wages of package workers. He also wanted payment of Rs.6,700 per month to water and electrical workers.