SMC employees observe strike

Demand departmental promotions

Srinagar, Publish Date: May 24 2018 12:55AM | Updated Date: May 24 2018 12:55AM
SMC employees observe strikeFile Photo

The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) employees on Wednesday observed a token one day strike, demanding holding of departmental promotions.

The one day strike left the city with heaps of garbage at various places as no sweeper was out to work in field while the SMC headquarters remained locked.

The employees of the corporation right from Safai Karamcharies to the senior officials observed the strike while a large number of the protesting employees under various banners assembled in the lawns of the SMC head office.

President SMC safaikaram chari union Ghulam Muhammad Solina said that “our demands include holding of departmental promotion committee and release of the wages in favour of casual labourers whose wages are withheld from past several months.”

“It was one day token strike and we will resume work from Thursday. We called on fiancé minister and minister for housing today. They assured us that our demands will be met within next seven days,” he said.

He added that Safaikaram charies are asked to segregate the waste after its collection. “We have also demanded that more 1500 Safaikaram Chari should be recruited for the process of segregation of waste. The fresh more recruitment will ensure city remains neat and clean round the clock and successful implementation of solid waste management rules,” he said.   

He added that in case their demands are not met within seven days, they would go on indefinite strike.

The protestors alleged that some officers are creating hurdles in the issuance of formal orders on the promotion of employees. 

Muhammad Maqbool Malik president Srinagar Municipal employees union said that around 1200 employees of the corporation are affected due to non-holding of DPCs. “The last DPC held in SMC was in 2014.”

He said that today’s call for strike and protests was given by the SMC employees coordination committee, a joint platform of various SMC employee unions.

“The employees have unanimously decided to continue struggle till the issues are completely settled. We will wait for seven days to see the fate of assurances issued today by government,” he said.


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