Delhi municipal sanitation workers dumped rubbish on roads in north and central Delhi on Saturday to press their demands for regularization of staff employed since 2010, payment of arrears and announcement of bonuses to Diwali even as the workers’ union threatened on Saturday that their unrest would grow in the next three or four days if their demands are not met.

Residents of several areas in North and Central Delhi such as Karol Bagh, Paharganj, Rohini and Civil Lines have complained that roads in their localities are not being cleaned and garbage is not being lifted.

The strike call was made on Friday under the banner of the MCD All Unions Core Committee on Friday, and a protest was held in Civil Lines. JP Tank, who heads Delhi Nagar Nigam Shramik Sangh – who is part of the central committee – said: “There are more than 50,000 sanitation workers in the city, and thousands of them have been working with a company for over 25 on a temporary basis. Their positions should be permanent. We have held meetings with the Commissioner (MCD) but we are not going to call off the strike over oral assurances. MCD should issue orders and start implementing them. We can no longer trust their assurances,” Tank said, and threatened that the city will have a “Black Diwali” if workers’ demands are not met.

This is the first strike by sanitation workers under the Unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Earlier, when the city had three civic bodies, workers from East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation went on several strikes to protest against the payment of wages. City residents faced mounds of garbage on the roads and unclean streets and sewers during the protests.

Mukesh Baidya, who heads the Union of Sanitation Supervisors of All Municipal Companies, said he also gave his support to the strike. “The demands are real. We also support the strike. We haven’t received a salary for four months, bonuses are pending. It’s not the party season for us. MCD pays us for lower level jobs while expecting us to perform sanitation supervisor duties. Permanent promotions must be made on vacant positions,” he added.

Market associations in North Delhi fear the strike will hit their business during the festive season.

Nitin Gupta, president of the Kamala Nagar Traders Association, said rubbish was strewn across the market on Saturday. “We pay so much tax to MCD, but heaps of rubbish are still visible all over the market. At a time when the markets were seeing an increase in buyer traffic, we cannot afford such a situation. If even after paying so many kinds of taxes, we are forced to do business in the middle of garbage, so what is MCD doing?”

Traders had a similar complaint in Sadar Bazar.

Devraj Baweja, president of the Confederation of Traders of Sadar Bazar, said roads were not swept and public toilets were not cleaned. “It is Diwali season and the footfall is very high. Even regular road sweeping has stopped and the situation may deteriorate. Our female customers are facing even more problems. MCD should resolve this situation,” he said. -he declares.

While the situation was under control, with the exception of some localities, since private companies lift and transport garbage from the majority of areas under MCD, officials and workers said the impact of the strike could be felt from Monday throughout the city, if the strike is not called off.

Late Saturday night, senior MCD officers said several orders had been issued by the civic body to address the demands of sanitation workers and claimed the strike had been called off.

“The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is fully committed to the welfare of its employees. MCD Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti and former North MCD mayor Jai Prakash held marathon meetings for two consecutive days with union representatives. The MCD has decided to regularize the Daily Wager Safai Karamcharis employed in 1998 and 2000. The MCD has ordered all Area Deputy Commissioners to prepare regularization files for Swachchta Sainiks engaged on humanitarian grounds from April 1, 2003. The strike has been called off,” MCD said in an official statement.

Confusion reigned among workers, however, with several labor factions saying on Saturday they were unaware of the decisions. Tank said they had no information on the decision to call the strike even though MCD released a video showing Sant Lal Chawariya, the leader of another group of sanitation workers, in which he declared that the strike had been withdrawn.