After four days SMC employees call off strike

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Srinagar

The civic body employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation have called off their strike on Friday after four days.

Social activist hold placards sit on Garbage to protest against SMC Srinagar at historical main Business hub Lal Chowk Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The protesting employees were demanding action against a female councilor who had allegedly resorted to vandalism and assaulted an official.

“The authorities have agreed to our genuine demands and we have unanimously decided to resume work from Saturday, January 5,” a report quoted President SMC field Staffers as having said.

On Tuesday employees started their strike to press for their demands which include action against a female councilor who is accused of assaulting one of the employees of SMC.

Mayor and Deputy Mayor in their separate statements said they have talked to protesting employees.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu wrote: “Glad to announce that the strike is being called off shortly after a meeting with the Union Leadership and SMC Officials. Have instructed for sanitation operations to be started immediately in spite of inclement weather.”

Deputy mayor Sheikh Imran in a statement said they were engaging with the agitating employees to get them to call off the strike. “It has also affected the door to door collection of garbage in the city,” he said.

Imran urged SMC employees, to work together and with coordination that will benefit for the development of Srinagar smart city. “Wherever SMC employees need my support and help I will be ready always,” he said.

“Various other demands are under consideration, which includes online payment, DPC, promotions, for all the employees including sanitation workers and other related demands,” he said adding that employees are the backbone of the SMC and their demands would be solved on priority basis.

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