To support 23 protesting employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB), the employees from other districts will stage a state-level protest at the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) office on October 21.
These 23 employees of PWSSB are working in the colonies under the LIT and they have not got salaries for the past six months. These employees are on chain hunger fast for the past 19 days, while the authorities concerned have failed to resolve their matter.
Harpreet Singh Grewal, president, Punjab Field Workshop Workers' Union, Ludhiana, said, “We are supporting these 23 employees who are waiting for their salaries. The members of our union from eight districts will participate in the protest on October 21.”
“When people busy celebrating the festive season, these employees are forced to borrow money to run their houses,” he added.
The matter was even highlighted in the deputy chief minister's sangat darshan but no action was taken, he added.
The employees on chain hunger strike claimed that they met PWSSB superintending engineer Daljeet Singh on Friday.
The members of the organisation claimed that 2,000 employees from various districts will take part in the protest if their demand was not met by October 20.
Grewal said, “We had also staged a rally on October 1 when the officials had demanded 15-day time to find solution, but we gave a period of 20 days to them.”
The LIT officials had earlier claimed that it was the PWSSB's responsibility to pay salaries to these 23 employees, while the PWSSB had claimed that it was the duty of LIT to pay salaries.