More than one lakh municipal workers in the national capital have been on an indefinite strike since January 27, seeking immediate release of funds for their salaries and arrears.
Even as the municipal employees temporarily resumed their duties on Monday afternoon after a 13 day long stir, they are likely to take the final call on the strike on Wednesday after the high court hearing.
Here’s a list of everything that you need to know about the row:
1. More than 1.3 lakh municipal employees went on a strike from January 27, including sanitation employees, doctors, teachers, engineers and administration staff.
2. Municipal services came to a standstill, continuous protests, processions and demonstrations, traffic snarls as workers block major intersections.
Why the indefinite strike?
3. The Municipal workers had not received salaries for over than three months, arrears of the sanitation employees pending since 2002.
4. This was the fourth time that salaries had been delayed for over two months.
5. Garbage piled up on streets (10,000 ton produced daily, alteast half remained unattended).
6. Students left without teachers, midday meal affected (More than 12 lakh students in 1860 schools left without teachers).
7. No one to treat patients at seven hospitals and 500 polyclinics/dispensaries.
8. Issuing of birth/death certificates affected (Required for driving license, passport, college/school admission).
9. CM Arvind Kejriwal and LG Najeeb Jung allocated Rs 1000 crore to Corporations.
10. Several unions of doctors, engineers and teachers call-off strike after assurance of salary payment by municipal administration.
11. High court orders unions to call-off strike as salaries are paid, assures employees that other grievances will be heard.
What to expect?
12. High court to hear municipal employees for a permanent solution.
13. Employees may order the employees to return and order the officials to look for a permanent solution for reoccurring financial crisis.
14. High Court may also ask the corporation to look into re-unification of the corporation.
15. If the employees once again call for a strike, the services are likely to be hit again.