Airtel caretakers protest for wages

SRINAGAR: The caretakers of Airtel’s mobile towers Tuesday protested against the nonpayment of their wages by the telecom company.
Scores of caretakers, who are responsible for supervision and maintenance of the towers erected across the Valley, staged protest demonstrations outside the company’s office at Sonwar here.
“Our wages are already very low, and yet it has been years since we were paid by the company,” Nisar Ahmad War, President of the All Kashmir Towers Association—the caretakers’ representative body—told Kashmir Reader.
“We ensure that the towers remain operational round the clock, but the company is not taking into consideration the problems we face.”
The association demanded that caretakers’ employment be regulated as per the state’s Labour Laws.
“We must have proper working hours, salaries, bonus, and other benefits guaranteed under the Labour Laws,” War said.
The protesters said they are working on meager wages of Rs 3,000 per month.
“Yet the company is reluctant to pay us,” they said. “We met the concerned officials several times to resolve the issue, but they are unnecessarily delaying our salary.”