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sanitary workers (CITU) staged a demonstration

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TRICHY: Alleging that wages for about 1,400 sanitary workers with Trichy Corporation were not paid for the month of January 2019, sanitary workers attached to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a demonstration at Ponmalai zonal office on Monday.

Around 1,400 workers from a Self Help Groups (SHG), who were supposed to receive their salaries on February 1, said that they have been awaiting the monthly wage of Rs 10,000 per worker for about 10 days now. Condemning the civic body for failing to disburse the salaries on time, a demonstration was held. Workers said that the salary even for the month of December 2018 was credited late for the sanitary workers with SHGs but permanent sanitary workers of the civic body received their salaries on time.

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“Assistant commissioner of Ponmalai zone, M Dhayanithi was ignorant to the genuine demands we raised and we were pushed to the wall to stage a demonstration demanding wages,” said Maran, district secretary of CITU Sanitary Workers Association. Apart from the 1,400 sanitary workers, who await their monthly salaries, as many as 30 waste pickers with Trichy Corporation were said to be waiting for their salaries of the past four months.

Earlier as lapses in biometric attendance system was blamed for the delay in disbursing salaries, protesters accused the civic body of showing partiality between permanent sanitary workers and their counterparts attached to SHG. After the protests, civic body sources said that efforts were expedited for disbursing the wages of 1,400 sanitary workers in a day.

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