Delhi Sanitation Workers Strike: Garbage Piles Up in Delhi as Sanitation Workers Continue Strike

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city’s sanitation workers who have been on a strike for the last 10 days over non-payment of salaries. Many sanitation workers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) protested at Kejriwal’s residence. Some workers littered garbage in Mayur Vihar and Patparganj areas of east Delhi to express their anger. 

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NEW DELHI: Sanitation workers on strike in East Delhi refused to end their agitation for salaries , despite the Delhi Government announcing financial aid to the municipal corporation on Monday.

city’s sanitation workers who have been on a strike for the last 10 days over non-payment of salaries. Many sanitation workers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) protested at Mr Kejriwal’s residence. Some workers littered garbage in Mayur Vihar and Patparganj areas of east Delhi to express their anger. This has led to mounds of garbage being piled up in parts of the city.

Last week, sanitation workers affiliated to different unions from the three civic bodies, North, East and South, municipal corporations met Mr Kejriwal, and deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, and raised the issue of not having received their salaries for the last two months.

A five-hour-long meeting between representatives of workers’ unions and East Delhi Municipal Corporation officials on Tuesday yielded no results, with both sides refusing to budge. The safai karamcharis have been on strike since June 2 as they haven’t been paid their wages for April and May.

Addressing workers of the North and East Delhi civic bodies on Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the government would give the corporations Rs.500 crore to pay salaries and pensions till May 31. Rajendra Mewati, the president of the Delhi Pradesh Safai Mazdoor Union, said “What about next month? The corporation will not be able to pay salaries again, and we will have to go on strike again”

However, officials said the workers unions’ demands had increased, to include regularisation of temporary staff, medical insurance and arrears.

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