MCD contractors stage protest; to continue strike

Municipal contractors observing a tool-down strike for two weeks today staged a demonstration in the MCD headquarters here and said the agitation will go on till their dues pending for months were cleared.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 22:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Municipal contractors observing a
tool-down strike for two weeks today staged a demonstration in
the MCD headquarters here and said the agitation will go on
till their dues pending for months were cleared.

The contractors also stuck to their threat of stopping
work on MCD projects linked to the Commonwealth Games.

MCD Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia met
the agitators and assured releasing of payment due till
September 2009. This was, however, not accepted by them.

"We told him that at least dues till December should be
cleared. There is another meeting scheduled with him tomorrow
and we will see what comes out of it. However, we have told
them that the strike will go on," Delhi Municipal Contractors
Association president Sunil Vohra said.

He said Games contractors also took part at today`s
demonstration in Town Hall. "While we have not been paid our
dues for the last 18 months, many Games contractors have also
not got payment for five months. We want to send a message
that work on Games projects can also be stopped if our dues
are not cleared," Vohra said.

He also said that if the issue was not resolved in four
days, the women members and children of the contractors`
families will stage a dharna at the MCD headquarters.

The contractors have also stopped the work of lifting
construction waste in trucks and removed all their vehicles
from MCD stores. MCD officials said payment will soon be
released, but Vohra said the strike will not be withdrawn "on
basis of assurance, but on basis of payment".

The cash-strapped MCD is struggling to make payments to
project contractors as well as give arrears of Sixth Pay
Commission to its employees.

However, Vohra said the civic body had received Rs 2,100
crore from various sources recently. "Earlier, there was a
financial problem. But now at least they should pay. We have
nearly Rs 650 crore in dues," he said.

-PTI