More than 1,000 employees of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) will go on a chain hunger strike from Tuesday against the proposed transfer of the workforce to the Gurgaon municipal corporation without their consent.
The employees staged a protest on Monday and handed over a memorandum to the office of acting municipal commissioner TL Satayprakash. As he was out of his office, the Huda employees met Tehsildar, Gurgaon, and apprised him of the problems them are facing.
The protest march was led by a 11-member employees’ committee that is spearheading the agitation.
President of Huda employees unity (HUE) Sadhu Ram said that they are opposing the transfer because several service issues, pension and promotion of employees will be affected if the sectors are transferred to the MCG. As many as 127 Huda employees will retire in the next three years and their future will be in the dark because there is no certainty on pension funds and other benefits in the corporation, he said.
The employees have also threatened to march to Chandigarh to meet higher officials if their demands are not fulfilled.
Another HEU leader Balwan Singh said that they will go on a chain hunger strike with five employees fasting against the government’s decision every day. He said that by transferring the sectors, the government is signing a death warrant for the employees and putting their lives on stake.
A number of employees, who are on the verge of retirement, said that an earlier instance of employees transfer to the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad was an unmitigated disaster.
“Employees who were shifted to Municipal Corporation of Faridabad had to fight for years to get their pension and other retirement benefits regularised,” Sadhu Ram said.