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Permanent jobs for 2,700 sanitation workers CM Asks BMC Mumbai to implement SC order

 
 
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Permanent jobs for 2,700 sanitation workers CM Asks BMC Mumbai to implement SC order
by System Administrator - Thursday, 21 June 2018, 10:19 PM
 
By:M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru:According reports reaching to media major victory for 2,700 contractual sanitation workers is reported in Mumbai city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the civic body BMC to give them the status of permanent employees in three months. This decision is being hailed as a victory for the workers' union in its 11-yearlong court battle with the BMC. The Supreme Court had in 2017 ordered BMC to make these contractual staffers in its conservancy department permanent employees. But the BMC was dragging its feet. In a series of reports, experts had written how, because of the contractual nature of their job, several benefits were being denied to these workers, with most of them not getting provident fund and other dues. Under the Industrial Disputes Act, experts state that worker has the right to demand a permanent position if he/she has worked continuously for 240 days. Contractors often hire workers only for six months, and then the BMC awards the work to another contractor (the BMC's argument for changing contractors every six months is that it wants to avoid cartelization). Though the workers remain more or less the same under a new contractor, this means a labourer works with one contractor for less than 240 days and cannot claim a permanent slot.In 2007, the Kachra Vahatuk Shramik Sangh had filed a case with the Industrial Tribunal on behalf of 2,700 workers. The tribunal ruled in favour of the workers on October 13, 2014. The BMC challenged this in Bombay high court. On December 22, 2016, HC ruled in favour of the union. Justice N M Jamdar even called the contract system "sham and bogus”. The BMC challenged the HC order in the Supreme Court, but SC upheld the HC and Industrial Tribunal's orders. Milind Ranade, general secretary of the Kachra Vahatuk Shramik Sangh (KVSS), said BMC had refused to make these workers permanent citing discrepancies in their names in court records and documents such as Aadhaar cards, PAN cards and voter ID cards. "The BMC had been giving frivolous reasons. There were discrepancies in names; for example, a worker's name may be spelled as Laxman in court records but as Lakshman on his Aadhaar card, but that is because the workers are illiterate and most of the time their documents are filled by other people, like the Aadhaar centre staff. That is why these errors could have crept in. Rather than finding a way out, BMC kept the issue hanging,” Ranade said. He said Fadnavis has now asked BMC to take an indemnity bond from these workers, saying despite the spelling difference, the person mentioned on the document is the same and is claiming his right to the job.Officials who attended the meeting said BMC will publish a list of names in which discrepancies have been found and call for objections. If everything is clear, the process to make them permanent will begin.