Con­tract work­ers call off stir as NMMC of­fers to ease their woes

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CBD BE­LA­PUR: Thou­sands of con­tract work­ers of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), who went on strike un­der the ban­ner of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Maz­door Union (NMMMU) on Mon­day, with­drew theire ag­i­ta­tion af­ter NMMC of­fi­cials as­sured union lead­ers that all their de­mands would be ful­filled.

Their 1o- point de­mands in­cluded among other things im­ple­men­ta­tion of sixth cen­tral pay com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions and equal pay for equal work.

Around 6,500 con­tract work­ers are em­ployed in sev­eral de­part­ments of NMMC. The civic body has in­tro­duced equal pay for equal work Act, but sev­eral de­part­ments of the cor­po­ra­tion have not put in place the Act, said Suresh Thakur, sec­re­tary of NMMMU.

He said " Those con­tract work­ers who are em­ployed as su­per­vi­sors are get­ting pay­ments as that of daily wa­gers. Com­puter train­ers em­ployed in ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment on con­tract ba­sis are paid less as com­pared to their work. Those who have not re­ceived pay­ments on the ba­sis of the pay com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions will get ar­rears in pay­ments in coming months,"

He said the NMMC as­sured that tech­ni­cal is­sues per­tain­ing to Gharkul hous­ing scheme would soon be re­solved. Around 6,000 con­tract work­ers of NMMC will be pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion un­der the scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to Deputy Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner Ja­gan­nath Sin­narkar, “The talks be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the union were suc­cess­ful. Sev­eral of the de­mands of the union have al­ready been sanc­tioned but their im­ple­men­ta­tion was pend­ing. That too will be done soon by the NMMC.”

Con­tract work­ers on strike un­der the ban­ner of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Maz­door Union on Mon­day. BACHCHAN KUMAR

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