- 15-day long strike of EDMC sanitation workers called off
- Major demands including payment of pending salaries accepted
- Protest continue at EDMC, demanding cashless medical facilities
New Delhi: The 15-day long strike of the sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) was called off on Wednesday after their demands were accepted by the authorities. The main demands of the sanitation workers, including payment of pending salaries, were accepted by the officials and leaders of the EDMC, said Sanjay Gehlot, president of Swachhata Karmchari Union.
“The decision to call off the strike was taken in view of acceptance of our main demands, in a special meeting of the Union,” Mr Gehlot said.
Thousands of sanitation workers of the EDMC went on strike demanding payment of their salaries, clearance of arrears and medical cashless card, on October 11. The Union leaders claimed support of 11,000 members including the sanitation workers.
This was the second strike by the EDMC sanitation workers this year. In January, they had gone on strike for 11 days raising the same set of demands.
The financially struggling EDMC has been hit by a series of strikes by its staff in the past many years, due to delay in payment of salaries and unpaid arrears.
Mr Gehlot said that even though the strike has been called off, the indefinite protests at EDMC headquarters in Patparganj will continue to press for fulfillment of remaining demands of the sanitation workers.
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