Mangaluru, Nov 22, 2017: Months after civic workers of the private company handling solid waste for Mangaluru City Corporation struck work, they resorted to strike again on Nov 21, Tuesday, with garbage not being lifted from people’s doorsteps.
Garbage in houses, apartments and public bins piled up. Garbage from public bins spilled over to the road in some places with foraging street dogs adding to the problem.
A health section official in the corporation said that the workers protested for not getting salary for September and October from their employer Antony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd. The corporation had to credit Rs. 2.20 crore to the company as salary component for September.
Of this, the civic body credited Rs. 1.70 crore to the company, and the balance Rs. 50 lakh would be credited on Thursday.Hence, the company, in turn, would credit the amount to the salary accounts of all workers on Thursday. The salary component for October is pending to be paid to the company from the civic body itself.
However, the workers swept the roads and streets, the official said and added that the staff would resume work. The workers had struck work last on August 16 over the same issue — that is delay in getting salary.
The official said that there were 623 civic workers in addition to the 130 drivers employed by the company. According to some sources in the MCC, the civic body is yet to release the escalated cost, including escalated fuel cost, to the company for one year.