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BBMP contract workers seek better pay and working conditions

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CAMPUS: BBMP contract workers organisation, All India Central Council of Trade Union (AICCTU), discussed the Government’s inactions towards their demands on Thursday at St Joseph’s College.

The talk, Gutthige Powarakarmikara Daruna Badhuku (Pitiful life of contract workers) was organised by the Department of Social Work, for the BBMP contract workers and the state level contract laborers.

S K Kantha, former Labour Minister and current Labour Union Leader said, “100 contract workers are employed to clear sewage in the IT city. Contractors work during the night, 40 are assigned to work during the day. Every contractor has to engage in cleaning garbage and sewages under unhygienic working condition. The BBMP asks us to pay Rs 192 for each worker which is lower than the wages of other laborers.”

Voicing the workers’ grievances Hari Prasad a BBMP contract worker from Bellary, said, “The Government had declared minimum wages and other benefits, including timely distribution of wages. The District Collector assured the workers that he will immediately speak to the BBMP Commissioner to release the pending wages to all contract workers. Yet our conditions remain pathetic.”

Accusing the BBMP of delaying tactics, C Ventakesh, a BBMP contract worker said that the BBMP authorities had been delaying the clearance of pending Employees State Insurance (ESI) amount.

Speaking to The Beacon, V Venkata Swamy, Joint Commissioner (Welfare) BBMP said, “Basic amenities have been given to the workers, such as hand gloves and masks. As for the wages, I have put this forward to the state government.”

Over 120 daily wage earners participated in the conference.

Mrs Saraswathi, a member of the Karnataka Women’s University and Mr Clinton Rosario, a member of the BBMP Gutthige Powarakarmikara Sangha spoke about the various issues the workers face. Workers approached the officials to speak to them about their difficulties.

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II MS Communication

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