Delhi civic workers to continue strike indefinitely

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Civic workers here, protesting against the non-payment of their salaries and non-clearance of arrears, announced on Saturday that the stir would continue for an indefinite period until their demands were met.

“We will continue our strike till our demands are not met… These people (government) should realise our demands are genuine,” Sanjay Gehlot, president of the Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha, told IANS.

“It was a symbolic strike for three days but since no one from the government assured us that our demands would be considered, we have decided to boycott work for indefinite period,” Gehlot added.

Gehlot said the protest will continue on Monday when employees would throw ink on Delhi’s Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra. “We will blacken the face of Kapil Mishra on Monday to protest against the government.”

On Saturday, hundreds of workers of three civic bodies – North Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation – dumped garbage outside Delhi assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel’s home in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area.

Over 1.5 lakh workers of three civic bodies launched a three-day strike on Wednesday. As a mark of protest and highlight their demands, garbage was dumped outside Transport minister Gopal Rai’s residence and outside Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s office.

On Wednesday, it was dumped outside Delhi assembly speaker Goel’s house.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded fresh elections for three civic bodies.

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