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Delhi's sanitation workers' strike poses serious threat to health and hygiene
The pay strike by some 17,000 East Delhi sanitation workers, which has lasted almost a week and is involving protests outside East Delhi Municipal Corporation headquarters in Patparganj and the dumping of rubbish in front of the Legislative Assembly's offices, is now posing serious health and hygiene threats thanks to the rubbish piling up in residential areas.
Under the banner of MCD Swachhata Karmchari Union, the workers have decided to continue their strike until a 'permanent solution' for timely payment of their salaries is found by the civic body and Delhi government, according to a report by the Jantaka Reporter.
After meeting a delegation of sanitation workers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that Rs 119 crore (£14,399,000) had been provided for salaries, but the workers say that this is not enough.
"Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has tried to cheat the sanitation workers," said the union's president Sanjay Gehlot, who claimed the workers have not been paid for three months. "The government has conspired to end the strike by payment of just one month's salary."
A senior municipal corporation official is refuting this claim, saying that salaries for only two months are due. Mayor Satya Sharma said that the payment made has been used up for November and December salaries and that there is nothing left to meet the other demands.
"They are making demands for payment of arrears also," he said.
19th January 2017