Municipal workers to intensify stir

They are demanding the scrapping of GO 279

December 21, 2017 01:04 am | Updated 01:04 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

Municipal workers who have been on strike for three days now all over the State have decided to intensify the strike and chalked out an action plan.

Workers, under the banner of A.P. Municipal Workers and Employees Federation, are on strike in 85 municipalities demanding the scrapping of GO 279 alleging its awarded work contracts hitting their job and wage security.

Earlier, the JAC of the workers comprised AITUC and CITU but the former dropped out and now CITU-led unions are on strike.

According to State president of the federation P. Venkat Reddy, a meeting of the State committee on Wednesday has decided to intensify the strike beginning with rallies on December 22 and laying siege to municipal office on the next day. The protests will continue till December 28.

He said at the talks with the Director of Municipal Administration on December 16, he gave an oral assurance and in the minutes released said the demands would be taken to the notice of the government.

Of the 110 municipalities that have 40,000 workers, 35,000 in 85 municipalities are on strike, Mr. Venkat Reddy claimed.

Mr. Reddy who is the honorary president of GVMC Contract Workers’ Union said all the 5200 outsourced workers in Visakhapatnam were on strike.

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