The claims of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to clean the city before Diwali might not materialise as sanitation workers are mulling over a mass strike on Friday.
Some workers of the central zone have been on hunger strike since September 28 and despite repeated pleas by corporation officials have refused to join work, while demanding that their demands be met.
Though the strike has not produced the desired results till date, it may affect Kalkaji, Badarpur, Lajpat Nagar, Govindpuri, Greater Kailash, Sangam Vihar, Ashram, Bhogal and Mehrauli Friday onwards.
Sanitation workers from 11 other zones are expected to join them, while demanding regularisation of jobs. MCD commissioner KS Mehra has also called a high-level meeting in the corporation headquarters on Friday to discuss the issue in which representatives of workers have also been invited.
The workers have been demanding regularisation of their ranks since the past few years.
During the Commonwealth Games last year, the workers had gone on strike but resumed work following assurance by Municipal Commissioner and Delhi's Lieutenant Governor.
“From 1995 till date, nearly all workers from other departments of the corporation have been regularised. Workers, on the same scale, from engineering, gardening etc have been absorbed into the corporation while we still work for the corporation as daily-wagers,” said Naveen Vaid, secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Safai Mazdoor Congress.
One of the protesting workers' on a hunger strike, Ram Bhole, had collapsed on Thursday and was sent to Safdarjung Hospital.