Srinagar: The employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) went on strike for second day on Wednesday, demanding action against a female councillor, who they alleged assaulted one of the employees.
On Monday, a female councillor, who has accused Mayor Junaid Mattu of sexual harassment, barged into his office, where as per the employees, she assaulted a Private Secretary, and broke office computers and fixtures.
In protest, the employees, including senior officials as well as the city sanitation workers, have gone on a strike.
“We demand strict action against the councillor, authority has to disqualify her, and she must revoke the allegation which she alleged, till then we will not resume our work,” Chairman of Coordination Committee, SMC, Mohammad Maqbool Malik said.
He alleged that many of the newly elected councillors assault ward officers, due to which they are not able to work properly.
“Yesterday some unknown councillors assaulted one of the ward officers Mohammad Maqbool Bhat. If authorities did not take any proper action we will not resume our work,” Malik said.
President, SMC Field Staffers, Mehraj ul-Din Bujja told Kashmir Reader that they “will not tolerate these goons in the corporation”.
“There are many other issues which we want to solve which include the salary of the consolidate employees through online mode,” he added.
The strike has left the city with heaps of garbage at various places, as sanitation workers kept away from work.
“We have strict order from our union that don’t work and we are following the same, we cannot work till our union orders,” a group of sanitation workers said.
Garbage heaps are also piling up near city hospitals putting the health of patients as well as attendants at risk.
People visiting the SMC office for other issues, like date of birth certificates, also had to face problems.