East corp says ‘no work, no pay’ as strike con­tin­ues

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro - Vibha.sharma@htlive.com

and pub­lic places of east Delhi con­tin­ued to wear a dirty look on Thurs­day, with a protest by work­ers of East Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion en­ter­ing its sec­ond day.

The strike was called by a group of work­ers for non-pay­ment of ar­rears, bonus and for cash­less med­i­cal in­sur­ance.

On Thurs­day, the sec­ond day of the strike, the east civic body said it will deduct wages of work­ers who had not turned up.

“None of the roads near my house have been swept. Garbage has also piled up on the road­side. We are fed up of re­peated strikes,” said Anita Gupta, a res­i­dent of Geeta Colony.

Mem­bers of East Delhi RWA Joint Front said they will meet the strik­ing work­ers and Mayor Neema Bha­gat on Fri­day. “We have asked for an ap­point­ment with the chief min­is­ter as well as the deputy CM. East Delhi can’t suf­fer from fi­nan­cial con­strains,” said BS Vohra, pres­i­dent of the fed­er­a­tion.

At least 1,000 san­i­ta­tion work­ers in ten mu­nic­i­pal wards of east Delhi didn’t re­port to work on Thurs­day.

A se­nior of­fi­cial said the com­mis­sioner has or­dered ‘no work, no salary’ for strik­ing work­ers. “Their de­mands are le­git­i­mate but their method is wrong,” said the of­fi­cial.

On Thurs­day, mem­bers of MCD’s Swach­hta Karam­chari Union gherao the Mayor’s of­fice and raised slo­gans. “The civic agency wants to en­force ESMA (Es­sen­tial Ser­vices Main­te­nance Act) rather than un­der­stand­ing their is­sues,” said San­jay Gehlot, pres­i­dent of union

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