After the power employees went on an indefinite strike in protest against the State bifurcation move, the municipal contract employees now have decided to follow the suit from October 17, demanding minimum monthly wages of Rs. 12,500.

This was announced by District General Secretary of the A.P. Municipal Employees Association, K. Tirupal and District Secretary of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, A. Rammohan on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media, they said the government has been ignoring the demand since 2011 and the contract employees have been working on nominal wages of Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 5,000, despite the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.

They also lamented that the provident fund and medical insurance premium deducted from their wages were not being deposited with the authorities concerned and demanded that the service contracts of all outsourced employees be regularised.

A signature campaign would be launched to press the demands and it will sent to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and the Labour Department officials, they said.