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Municipal employees in Hry extend strike till May 17

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Municipal employees in today decided to extend their ongoing strike till May 17 over various demands including, regularisation of nearly 20,000 contractual staff and

The decision to extend the strike was taken after a meeting between the workers' representatives and the officials.

"The meeting was held in and from the government's of and other officials listened to our demands.

"After the meeting, Sharan told us that he will convey whatever transpired between the two sides to Kavita Jain," said Subhash Lamba, of Sarv Karamchari Sangh, an umbrella body representing various employees unions in the state.

"He also told us that the will take a final call on once he returns from his foreign tour tomorrow," he said.

Nearly 30,000 employees that includes a large number of Safai Karamcharis, drawn from over 80 municipal corporations, municipal committees and councils had gone on strike on Wednesday, Lamba said.

Initially, they had gone on a three-day strike, but it was twice extended.

Garbage has started to pile up at different places due to the strike.

However, Lamba said that they were ensuring that regular water supply is maintained while those working in the were also attending to all the emergency calls.

"We do not want to put common public to inconvenience. We know that garbage has started to pile up at different places. But now the ball is in the government's court," he said.

Lamba said main demands of the striking employees are regularisation of nearly 20,000 contractual employees and

"We are also demanding a hike in minimum pay of sanitation workers from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month," he said, adding other demands pertain to employees working in the

Accusing the BJP government in the state of failing to keep the promises made to the employees in its poll manifesto, Lamba said, "Most of our demands are what the BJP promised to in their manifesto,"

Yesterday, had asked the sanitation workers to end their strike and resume their work.

"Most of their demands have already been met by the state government," she had said in Sonipat.

She had said that the demand of regularisation of contractual staff of municipality in urban areas of the state "is unjustified as the court has put a stay on regularisation of employees under various policies since 2016".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 22:00 IST