Two sanitation unions call off strike in Delhi
Two unions decided to postpone their strike for 20 days while a third one, which claimed to be the largest in east Delhi, said they will continue with the agitation.delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2017 23:34 IST
A rift seems to be appearing among east and north Delhi municipal sanitation workers unions , who are on strike for over a week with a range of demands.
After a second meeting with the north and east Delhi municipal corporations on Wednesday, two unions decided to postpone their strike for 20 days while a third one, which claimed to be the largest in east Delhi, said they will continue with the agitation.
Officials said that while parts of east Delhi will remain littered with uncleared garbage, the rest of the city can expect relief.
Sanjeev Java, president of Swatantra Majdoor Sanyukt Morcha (with members in all three corporations) was among the unions that signed the agreement to postpone the strike with north corporation. “We discussed the issues in detail during our meeting with commissioners and standing committee chairmen. They have assured to fulfil our demand regarding issuing of arrears .”
“ The corporations have also decided to provide health insurance to employees from this year.We are also working upon the demand to regularise sanitation workers from January 1 onwards,” said Preety Agarwal, mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
A senior east corporation official said the decision has come as a relief for the area . “Though one union will continue with their strike, it will affect only 5-10 % of services. The rest will come join work from tomorrow,” said an official.
“We will also form a committee, with representatives from all three corporations and sanitation unions to jointly work on issues related to sanitation workers and resolve them in time bound manner,” said Tilak Raj Kataria, standing committee chairman, north corporation.
Sanjay Gehlot, president of MCD Swachhta Karamchari Union, however, said Wednesday’s meeting was ‘useless’. “What was the point of calling the meeting when the officials had nothing concrete to share? They have no money to pay arrear and their repeated demands from Delhi Government has failed to bear results,” he said.