Irked over not getting salaries for the past several months, the regular employees of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) and the contractual employees of the municipal corporation (MC) have begun a chain hunger strike outside their respective offices.
The issue of pending salaries of 23 employees of PWSSB was raised during deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal’s sangat darshan recently, but no action has been taken till now.
As a result, employees sat on a chain hunger strike outside Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) office on Monday. These employees have been working for LIT and have not been paid any salary for the past six months.
Hindustan Times had highlighted the issue of their pending salaries recently. These employees, including, safai karamcharies, drivers, fitter, coolie and chowkidar, were deputed to work in the colonies that fell under the jurisdiction of LIT.
Harpreet Singh Grewal, who is president of the Punjab Field Workshop Workers’ Union, Ludhiana, said, “These employees are working at different colonies under LIT, but when they have not been paid any salary since April. The authorities of PWSSB and LIT have failed to listen their voice.”
Satish Thaman, a member of the District Ludhiana West Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee, had also raised this matter at the deputy CM’s sangat darshan.
In April 2013, these colonies were transferred to the municipal corporation, but the process was then stalled. In January this year, these five colonies were transferred back to LIT, but these employees were not given any salary and allowance for the past six months.
The employees stated that if the salaries were not paid by September 30, they will stage protest rallies from October 1.