Strike prompts contractors to don role of safai workers

Bhayandar : Always in news for wrong reasons, garbage disposal contractors deployed by the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) have displayed commitment towards their job by taking brooms in hand to clean-up the twin-city on Monday.

This came after a flash strike by 1500-odd contractual conservancy workers under the aegis of the Shramjeevi Kamgaar Sanghatana, bringing garbage lifting and transportation activities to a screeching halt.

As thrash started piling up, the private zone operators rolled up their sleeves and took to streets. Thankfully for them they did not have to toil for the entire day as after an assurance from civic officials to maintain the original workforce, the strike was withdrawn within a few hours.

After approving a hike in minimum wages of contractual workers, the MBMC in an attempt to balance its dwindling finances had decided to operate with a trimmed workforce. With this around 300 conservancy workers engaged with the health department and 50 from the tree authority faced the threat of losing their jobs. While a ward-to-ward review has been conducted to gauge the actual requirement of workers, the trade union strongly opposed MBMC’s downsize formula. “Despite the fact that population of the twin-city is increasing manifold, the count of sanitation staff has remained static for years altogether. The MBMC is finding scapegoats in the form of poor workers to cover up their mismanaged financial affairs which will not be tolerated,” said Vivek Pandit.

While the BJP is in favour of reduction, its ally Shiv Sena has strongly opposed the downsizing formula.

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