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GMC employees� stir from Jan 6

By STAFF Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 � Four trade unions of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) have decided to launch a movement demanding regular pension, promotion, regularization of service, filling up of vacant posts and allowing recruitment on grounds of compassion on January 6.

According to Guwahati Municipal Karmi Sangha, the decision to launch the movement was taken in a meeting held under the presidentship of Deven Bhattacharya. The unions joining the stir are Guwahati Muncipal Karmi Sangha, All Assam Harijan Mazdoor Union, Harijan Mazdoor Union and Waterworks Workers Union. The first phase of the movement would continue up to January 10 and the members of the unions would stage protest demonstrations from 12 pm to 2 pm every day. Also, the protestors would stage a sit-in strike on January 22 and 23.

On January 27 and 28, the protesters would launch hunger strike and another sit-in demonstration would be staged on February 5.

The protestors are also demanding to abolish the contract system from conservancy services, and increase the wages of daily wage owners to improve their living standard.

The protesting GMC employees said that their long-standing demand to implement a pension scheme for the employees did not get any positive response from the authorities. �As a result the retired employees are facing immense problems. Similarly, the demand for allowing recruitment in compassionate grounds has also been stopped long back,� a statement from the Guwahati Municipal Karmi Sangha said.

The GMC workers� unions have called upon all the employees and well wishers to extend support to this movement.

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