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Municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization. They are “demanding revocation of the order which allowed privatization of the sanitation maintenance work and gave the right of employing workers to contractors. With only a few permanent sanitation workers on hand, the VMC is struggling to clean up the city. Most of the dumper bins are overflowing with garbage and households are also feeling the heat with no door-to-door collection.”

SAMWU members march to press their demands about numerous grievances

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) members march on Midvaal municipal offices to press their demands about numerous grievances, including irregular bidding and outsourcing. Spokesperson Papikie Mohale “said SAMWU’s memorandum of demands would include allegations of maladministration in the municipality, irregular awarding of tenders, irregular appointment of attorneys for the council, racism, sexual harassment, flawed recruitment processes, outsourcing, and the use of labour brokers in the municipality.”

Source: The Citizen

After a long struggle, sanitation workers are finally getting paid by contractors

After a long struggle, sanitation workers in the city of Vijayawada are finally getting paid by contractors. “‘The municipal contractors didn’t even show mercy to us, despite our several appeals. Soon after receiving the wages I should repay some amount to a private lender,’ says G. Narasamma, a sanitation worker. ‘Due to non-payment of wages since last October, I faced many problems and failed to feed my child twice a day. I didn’t even take a single day off though I am not well. At least now, the municipal contractors should recognize our hardships and provide wage arrears at the earliest,’ said V. Adi Lakshmi.” Municipal Corporation Employees Union State secretary M. David “said that [the] indifferent attitude of the VMC towards municipal contractors is the main reason for the delay in providing wages for the sanitation workers.”

Source: The New Indian Express