Garbage crisis looms large as sanitation workers threaten strike

Garbage crisis looms large as sanitation workers threaten strike

SRINAGAR: Sanitation workers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation have threatened that they will go on an indefinite strike from next week if their demands are not met, raising fears of a garbage crisis in the city.
SMC sanitation workers and those represented by Safai-Karamchari Union have been demanding regularization of services and promotions of employees who have been working in the corporation since 2005.
The other demands include time-bound promotion of safai-karamcharis who have been in service for nine years, final allotment of housing colonies to them, two-and-a half days’ additional salary for the field staffers who work on Sundays also, distribution of workers into four zones for smooth functioning of administration, creating more posts of safai-karamcharis and provision of uniform, tools, masks and shoes for the workers.
The Union has decided to suspend all work from Wednesday next week if the demands are not accepted by then, said chairman of the Union Ghulam Mohammad Solina.
It also threatened to host a daily protest in front of the SMC office against the administration from May 18.
Fayaz Ahmad Solnia, vice president of the Union, said, “We have been given assurances by the administration that the matter will be resolved within two days. Till then we have suspended our strike which otherwise was planned from Monday,” Fayaz Ahmad Solina, Vice-President of the union said.
Parvez Ahmad, a sanitation worker who works in Bemina area of Srinagar, said the SMC has not provided him uniform or equipment needed to collect the waste from homes on daily basis.
“We collect garbage with bare hands which sometimes results in cuts and bruises,” he added.
SMC commissioner Bashir Ahmad Khan said, “As per the statement given by SMC and Housing Commission, assurances have been given to the workers that the demands will be resolved within a few days. Hopefully, the matter would be resolved soon.”