Residents were at the receiving end as heaps of garbage piled in various localities of the city on Friday after members of the safai karamchari union and health workers driver union of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) held a protest in Industrial Area.
The protesting workers did not lift garbage from outside houses and sehaj safai kendras.
No garbage collection took place throughout the day and the enforcement wing could not hold any anti-encroachment drive as the protesting staff did not allow any vehicles to ply.
Though the strike was scheduled for three days, the protesters called off the protest after a written assurance by the authorities concerned.
Krishan Kumar, president of the safai karamchari union and Manjit Singh, president, health workers driver union, said the daily-wage workers hired on compassionate grounds had not been regularised for the past 10-12 years.
Also, 224 applicants are waiting to be hired on compassionate grounds, but their recruitment has been hanging fire.
“We also demand that all contractual employees be given salary at the collector rate, which is Rs 10,600. They are getting Rs 7,400 at present,” Krishan Kumar said.
“We were assured that our demands will be met by September 11, but they failed to do so. Today, MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta and medical officer health visited us and gave us in writing that our demands would be met by September 16. Hence, we called off the strike,” they added.
On the other hand, RD Sharma, unit in-charge, garbage processing plant, Dadu Majra, said, “The plant remained totally shut today as we did not receive any garbage and suffered a huge loss. We are receiving less than 250 tonnes of garbage per day for the past six months. It was 300 tonnes per day earlier.”
“The municipal corporation’s garbage-lifting system has collapsed as the staff engaged burn the waste instead of putting it in vehicles or bins,” he further said.
On the other hand, residents complained that their localities were badly stinking with garbage all around.
Garbage was seen on streets and along the roads.