Shimla’s sanitation workers call off strike after MC accepts demand for 20% wage hike
Shimla: On Friday, the sanitation workers of Shimla city resumed their work including the door-to-door garbage collection after Shimla Municipal Corporation had to accept their demand for a 20 percent hike in their wages.
The workers of Shimla, Environment, Heritage and Beautification Society (SHEB) were on strike for over last 10 days, which had left the sanitation and garbage management in a lurch.
SMC had given a 24-hours ultimatum to employees to resume their work by Thursday or face termination. The MC had warned that the sanitation work will be outsourced if the workers do not join their duty. However, the striking workers called it a bluff and continued with their strike.
The fear of total collapse of sanitation work loomed over the city as MC has no alternate plan to deal with the situation.
On September 21 evening, the Mayor of Shimla, Kusum Sadret, who was alleged of abusing the striking workers earlier, had no option but to enter into a written agreement in which the workers were assured that they will receive their hiked wages from October.
Moreover, the plans of newly formed SMC House for privatization of the sanitation work also shattered for now.
However, there is no word on other demands like regularization of SHEB workers under the corporation.
The residents took a sigh of relief on Friday as now they would not have to wait for the garbage collection vehicles or carry the garbage to collection points.
Earlier, the SMC had told the workers that 20 percent hike was not possible due to financial crunch. With this decision, however, the residents should brace for a hike in their monthly charges for door-to-door garbage collection.
Currently, MC has not revealed any details regarding the percentage or hiked amount.