Monday, January 24, 2022

Sanitation workers in Jamshedpur protest over salary issues

Threaten of indefinite stir from Dec 15

Jamshedpur, Dec 1: The Jharkhand government may have fixed the minimum wage of Rs 373.50 for the contract employees, but they are not getting the benefit of it yet.

On Wednesday, under the banner of Jharkhand Unorganized Mazdoor Union, about 350 sanitation workers of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Municipal Corporation, Jugsalai Municipal Council and Adityapur Municipal Corporation demonstrated in the Deputy Labour Commissioner’s office and demanded minimum wages and threatened of indefinite strike from December 15 if demands are not met. 

Union general secretary SK Ghoshal alleged that in lieu of the minimum wages fixed by the state government, the sanitation workers were given only Rs 200 per day as daily wages.

“That too money is given in hand instead of giving it through the bank. Complaints about this matter were made to all the bodies from the labour  department on 25th August and 15th November but no solution was found. That’s why we all have gathered to demand our rights. If our demands are not met by 14th December, then from 15th December all of us will sit on dharna indefinitely and till our demands are met, our protest will continue,” said Ghoshal.

Union member Ramesh Mukhi alleged that there was a shortage in the bodies.

Most of the agencies belong to ministers and department officials only. Therefore, despite repeated complaints, neither action is taken against the agencies nor minimum wages are given.

Union general secretary SK Ghoshal alleged that employees are given Rs 150 to 160 after getting signatures on Rs 200 signatures and the remaining Rs 40 is deducted in the name of PF and ESIC. But neither their PF is deposited nor ESIC card remains till now.

“We have complained about the matter but till now there has been no hearing on this also. Last time we had complained about the whole matter to Minister Banna Gupta also but till now no help has been received,” said Ghosal. 

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