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Harijan Mazdoor Union threatens stir

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 29 � Demanding basic amenities like pension and PF, and an increase in the number of workers in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation�s conservancy services, the All Assam Harijan Mazdoor Union has threatened to go on a strike if its demands are not fulfilled.

In a memorandum to the Commissioner, GMC, the Union members expressed their concern over some �one-sided� decisions regarding the workers taken up by the GMC authorities and the State government as well.

The workers� body alleged that despite their repeated representations, no step has been taken to give compassionate appointments to children of the deceased GMC workers and the corporation has not taken any step to reappoint the retrenched workers, despite the High Court order.

�The corporation has decided to change the work timings without consulting the workers. We oppose such an arbitrary decision and ask the corporation to retain the previous timings. As per the all India ratio, three conservancy workers should be employed for a population of 1000. But unfortunately, taking a one-sided staffing pattern decision, the GMC has employed only 1,440 conservancy workers, which is grossly disproportionate,� said the memorandum.

�We want to resolve all the issues including introduction of pension for the workers, regularisation of jobs of the daily wage-earning workers, provision of provident fund for the workers etc., through mutual discussion with the corporation authorities. But, if the GMC authorities do not announce any date for addressing our issues immediately, we would be bound to launch a strike,� president of the union, Biswanath Basfor said.

The union also demanded a permanent office for the All Assam Mazdoor Union and a rest room for the drivers of the GMC officials.

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