Day 2 of Protest: Contractual U.P. 112 workers ‘obstructing traffic’ removed from road
Speaking on the issue, a protesting woman said, “We have been sacked without any notice as we were not listening to their demands.”
LUCKNOW Female contractual workers continued their protest outside the U.P. 112 office in Arjunganj, under the jurisdiction of the Sushant Golf City police station on Tuesday. What began as a peaceful protest on Monday turned chaotic as the police forcibly removed several female workers who were allegedly blocking traffic on the main road of Shaheed Path.
On the second day of the protest, senior officers, including deputy commissioner of police (South) Vineet Jaiswal and assistant deputy commissioner of police (Central) Manish Singh, reached the protest site, along with female officers. The protesters were put into a police bus and then returned to the protest site.
Reacting swiftly to the police’s actions, former chief minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter, sharing a picture of a letter he received from the protesting workers. In his first tweet, he slammed the government, saying, “... Even before meeting the CM, the sisters and daughters who sat in the cold all night and made their demands were taken into custody in the morning. The true form of BJP’s worship of women is ‘Nari Bandhan’ (an apparent pun on Nari Shakti Vandan Bill).”
The letter to Yadav outlined the workers’ demands, which include an increase in their monthly salaries from ₹12,000 to ₹18,000, two paid holidays per month, one government holiday per month, and job security. In his second tweet, Yadav shared a video of the police detaining the female workers and wrote, “Those who talk about giving reservations to women are giving them detainment. Have those who changed the name changed the name of ‘Reservation’ to ‘Hirasat’?”
Speaking on the issue, a protesting woman said, “We have been sacked without any notice as we were not listening to their demands.” To push their demands, the protesters sat outside throughout the night, with several of them using their mobile torches after street lights were turned off.
The protesting workers, who are communication specialists at U.P. 112, are expressing their frustration over potential job losses due to changing outsourcing companies. The protest persisted even after ADG U.P. 112, Ashok Singh, assured the protesters that their jobs would not be lost.
“No call taker has been removed,” ADG U.P. 112 Ashok Singh reassured. “They have had some misunderstandings, and negotiations are ongoing. Up until now, call takers were hired in U.P. 112 through Tech Mahindra company. After the contract ended on November 3, ‘We Win’ company is responsible for the work.”
He added, “Call takers are now skilled workers and will not lose their jobs. According to the rules of the U.P. government, call takers are considered skilled workers, and there is no issue within the U.P. 112 system. We are in communication with the call takers, and any misunderstandings will be resolved.”
U.P. Cong prez meets 112 workers; urges CM to accept demands
Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Rai on Tuesday penned a letter to chief minister Yogi Adityanath addressing the demands of protesting contractual workers at Eaco Garden, who commenced their protest on Monday. Prior to composing this letter to the CM, Rai met with the 112 protesting female communication officers.
In his letter to the CM, Rai conveyed, “The 112 Samvad officers, who are agitating in connection with their grievances, have not received a salary increase for the past seven years. I kindly request you to issue immediate instructions for the acceptance of their demands, which include a minimum monthly salary of ₹18,000 and the formulation of rules ensuring job security for a minimum of 15 years.”
The letter further added, “Two holidays should be granted every month, and health facilities should be provided on par with other government employees.” While making this request, Rai urged the CM to promptly consider the demands put forth by the communication officers on the same day.