The Greater Chennai Corporation has finally budged from its stand and agreed to reinstate the conservancy workers who were terminated for participating in a protest recently.
“We gathered near the Ripon Building on Wednesday to stage a protest demanding that the dismissed workers should be reinstated. Soon after that, the officials invited us to take part in a meeting. So we dispersed from the spot,” L Srinivasan, general secretary of Chennai Corporation Redflag Union, said.
Srinivasan added that during the meeting, which was attended by Corporation Commissioner G Prakash, the union was promised that the 271 contract workers whose services were terminated would be reinstated from Thursday.
There was unrest among the conservancy workers after the Chennai Corporation fired contract workers for staging a protest last week. The workers protested demanding the implementation of a three-year-old Government Order that promised a wage of Rs 624 per day.
Even though the civic body agreed to increase the wages by Rs 12 per day, several contract workers were terminated and notices were sent to more than 500 permanent workers. Even leaders of the union were suspended.
Apart from the increasing daily wages, the contract conservancy workers have been demanding to make them permanent for several years. Meanwhile, a joint venture of Spain-based firm and Indian firm is slated to take over the conservancy works in Adyar zone from October 1.