High-rise staff go on strike over non-payment of salary in Greater Noida WestUpdated: Sep 15, 2020 23:56 IST
The maintenance staff in a high-rise in Greater Noida west went on a four-hour-long strike on Monday morning alleging that they have not been paid their dues for the past four months.
The incident was reported from La Residentia society where the staff refused to work in the morning hours on Monday. “We have not been paid our salaries for the past four months. Every time we ask from the management about our due salaries, they come up with excuses. We have been working non-stop without any monetary compensation for months now. We have various responsibilities but without being paid, we suffer daily. Some of us have to send money to our families in our home towns as well,” said, requesting anonymity, a plumber who works in the society.
The maintenance staff, comprising at least 15 members, resumed work in the afternoon after the agency responsible for the management of the society assured them about being paid soon. “However, if we don’t get at least a part of the due amount within 24 hours, we will go on strike again. We will have no other option left,” the plumber said.
The builder has, however, alleged that the issue regarding non-payment of salaries dates back to only two months, and will be resolved soon. “Residents of the society owe more than ₹2 crore in maintenance costs. We co-operated with them during the lockdown and but they are also required to pay the money to us,” said Kulbhushan Bajaj, director, la Residentia.
Residents said they were concerned with the state of affairs in the society. “During the lockdown, our security and housekeeping staff had also gone on strike over non-payment of wages. Today(Tuesday) all our electricians, plumbers, gardeners, and other maintenance staff refused to work. It was after a lot of requests and assurances that they resumed work. Because of reduced activities amid the pandemic, most residents are dependent on the maintenance staff for help, and if they go on a longer strike, we can face a lot of problems. If there are issues regarding maintenance dues, notices should be sent to those who have not paid them, but all of us should not be made to suffer,” said Sumit Basoiya, a resident of the society.