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Workers’ strike hits sanitation

The Hindu, 04 February 2014


Garbage dumped on the roadside at Alwal on Monday.—PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

HYDERABAD: The strike by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Employees’ Union seeking hiked wages for the outsourced employees has started to affect the GHMC sanitation works in the city.

Demand for hike in wages

The members of the union have been on relay strike for the last few days and union president U.Gopal on Monday said the workers have began to boycott the sweeping work in some parts.


“We have decided not to stop the transportation and garbage lifting work for now, but a decision will be taken soon,” he said. The union has been demanding a hike in the wages from present Rs.6,700 to Rs.16,500.


According to him, the outsourced employees engaged in the east and west zone and some areas of others zones have stopped sweeping work. In fact, a section of workers in Alwal registered their protest by dumping garbage on the roads while taking out a procession from Temple Alwal to Select theatre in the morning and raising slogans.


Later in the day, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar appealed to workers to call off their strike and resume work as any deterioration of sanitation could pose public health problems.


“The government is actively considering a proposal to enhance wages of sanitation workers suitably in all urban local bodies including GHMC and a decision is expected shortly,” he added.