Pourakarmikas threaten protest from January 28

The pourakarmikas, who have not been paid wages by the Palike for the last three months, have declared to go on a strike from January 28.

The union has been protesting for the past few months demanding better facilities to the workers as the garbage crisis in the City has worsened their working conditions.

They are overburdened with work and are being exploited by contractors, according to BBMP Contract Pourakarmikas’ Union president S Balan. The assurances of basic facilities to them at work have not been implemented, he said. 

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said the government had agreed to settle the dues immediately at a recent meeting with the Mayor and the BBMP Commissioner.
“It was not just a meeting. It was a proceeding. Everything was documented,” Balan said.

Clear arrears

It was agreed that the government would clear the pending arrears, double the payment for working on Sundays, provide 12 earned leaves and casual leaves to contractors and give Rs 20 per day as canteen allowance, said the union leader.

The government had also agreed to give the women workers two sarees and provide all labourers with a new pair of slippers, he said. While this was supposed to be done before January 7, the assurance has just remained on paper, he said.

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