EMC contract workers begin strike

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Sanitary workers stage a protest in front of the Municipal Corporation in Ongole on Monday.—photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Sanitary workers stage a protest in front of the Municipal Corporation in Ongole on Monday.—photo: Kommuri Srinivas

About 600 contract workers engaged in different departments of the Eluru Municipal Corporation (EMC) launched a four-day strike beginning Monday under the banner of the Andhra Pradesh Municipal Workers and Employees Union.

The strike is likely to affect sanitation, water supply, street lighting and town planning wings of the municipal corporation. According to B. Somaiah, union general secretary, the strike was launched in response to a State call with a demand for improvement of the living conditions of the contractor workers. The charter of demands include fixation of each contract worker’s salary at Rs. 12,500 per month, extension of facilities such as house rent allowance, interim relief in wages on par with the permanent employees, general provident fund and health cards. The union would take a decision for an indefinite strike and suspending emergency services if there was no positive response from the government to its demands, Mr. Somaiah said.

Garbage piles up

Garbage started piling up as sanitary workers under the aegis of the CITU-affiliated Andhra Pradesh Municipal Workers and Employees Union began a four-day strike on Monday to press their 19-point charter of demands.

The agitators led by its State K.Samrajyam staged a demonstration in-front of the city Municipal Corporation and raised slogans demanding among other things, a minimum wage of Rs.12,500 to each worker and regularisation of their services.

Its city president B.Venkat Rao said the workers were working in a most unhygienic working condition. It was high time they were provided with safety appliances including masks, said its city secretary K.Srinivasa Rao.

The city without a permanent dumping yard generates 116 tonnes of garbage and it remain unattended.

Meanwhile, the YSR Congress Trade Union wing extended its support to the stir.



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