GUWAHATI, April 27 � Strongly protesting against the sudden retrenchment move of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the workers of the corporation have alleged that more than 500 non-permanent workers have lost their jobs as a �punishment� of their democratic movement on April 23 and 24.
Terming it as an anti-workers step, the joint forum of GMC workers� and employees� unions said that instead of taking an initiative for regularizing their jobs, the GMC authorities took this arbitrary decision to remove more than 500 workers from their jobs.
�Most of such non-permanent workers are associated with the work of garbage removal and conservancy services. Whereas we need more manpower to keep the city clean, the opposite is being done by those at the helm of affairs,� said Dinanath Basfor, convener of the joint forum.
It may be noted that the four unions of the corporation, Guwahati Municipal Karmi Sangh, All Assam Harijan Mazdoor Union, Harijan Mazdoor Union and Water Supply Karmi Sangh jointly went on a strike on April 23 and 24 demanding pension facilities, appointment on compassionate grounds, regularization of service etc. The joint forum has also warned of an indefinite strike from May 12, if their demands are not fulfilled.
The forum argued that in the general council meeting of the corporation in October, 2014, both the council and the GMC commissioner had arrived at a consensus regarding regularization of services of the non-permanent GMC workers. But later, no step was taken regarding the matter.
The forum has asked the GMC authorities to nullify the expulsion of the non- permanent workers and allow them to join their work immediately.
�The GMC unions went on a strike with one month prior notice to the corporation. But the daily wage earning workers are being punished for their democratic movement. If the expelled workers are not taken back, we would pre-pone our strike and would stop conservancy services in the entire city from the beginning of next month,� said T Demudu Rao of Harijan Mazdoor Union.