TAMIL NADU

Call to withdraw move to outsource sanitary works in Salem city

‘Despite understanding reached before labour officers, Corporation has not gone back on decision'

Salem District Rural Development and Local Bodies Employees Union, a unit of CITU has urged the Salem Corporation to withdraw the outsourcing of sanitary works in 21 wards in Salem city.

Its general secretary R. Venkatapathy in his memorandum said that CITU had in fact struck work protesting against the handing over of sanitary works to a private firm in the city for 10 days some three years ago.

Despite an understanding reached before the Labour officers, the Corporation had not withdrawn the decision to hand over the works to the private firm. But when the contract period ended, the Corporation had recruited workers for sanitary works.

Various unions including CITU had urged the Corporation authorities not to outsource the works again and recruit workers from employment office for which the civic body said that it would consider their plea.

Councillors of various political parties also had expressed their reservations against the privatisation move. The private firm management had also been accused of not paying the wages regularly to its employees which resulted in tardy collection of garbage and cleaning of drainage works.

There were occasions when the Corporation, dissatisfied with their work, had stopped their payments too.

In such a situation, privatising the works again would not yield desired results.

The health of the citizens would be compromised.

Hence CITU and other unions strongly objected to the Corporation's decision of handing over the sanitary works to a private firm, he pointed out.

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