Sewer men seek permanent jobs

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 11

Demanding regularisation of 48 contractual and outsourced employees working under the Sewerage Board since 2001, members of the Sewerage Workers’ Union staged a protest in front of the Municipal Corporation office here on Monday.

The protesters raised slogans against the state government and accused it of not fulfilling their long-pending demands.

They said on a number of occasions, resolutions regarding their demands have been passed at General House meetings, but nothing has taken place at the grassroots level as the civic body has not taken their issue seriously.

The protest was headed by union president Sham Lal. The sewer men said the union had given an ultimatum to MC officials regarding the strike, but no one cared about their demands. The protesters said thereafter, they were left with no option but to stage a protest on Monday.

They also threatened to intensify their stir in the coming days if their demands were not fulfilled.

Union leaders demanded regularisation of 48 sewer men’s services, old-pension scheme for them, promotions, jobs to family members of sewer men who had died and salaries for the kind of the deceased, who had got jobs, at the earliest.

The sewer men said sewerage system had been expanded in the city due to which their present strength is not in a position to manage the entire work sewer.

They said a total of 200 sewer men should be recruited. Union leaders have also given a memorandum of demands to the Finance Minister, Deputy Commissioner, MC Commissioner, Mayor, Chief Engineer and XEN of the Sewerage Board.