Sindh’s sanitation staff to go on strike from 29th

Protestors urge political, religious, human rights, civil society, social welfare organisations to raise voices in support

All local body institutions in Sindh will be locked and a pen-down strike will be observed from November 29 because the provincial government has failed to accept the staff’s demands of making payment of monthly salaries, pensions and others through the existing online system, despite repeated protests and strikes in the province since 2017.

This was announced by the All Sindh Shah Lateef Local Government Employees Federation in Naudero and the All Pakistan Local Government Workers Federation and office bearers of Mehnatkash Labour Union of Larkana Municipal Corporation (LMC) in Larkana, while they addressed a press conference at a local press club on Monday.

Hafiz Mushtaque Ahmed Korejo, Ahad Jamal Dawoodpoto, Imtiaz Kumbhar, Rasul Bux Shahani, Qalander Bux Shahani, Munwar Sandano, Asghar Jatoi and others said that since 2017, they had been constantly protesting and demanding that they be treated equally with other government servants of Sindh but “we have always been discriminated and given a step-motherly treatment, which cannot be tolerated anymore”.

They said their lockdown of offices and a pen-down strike would continue till the notification was issued regarding the payment of their salaries online. They said they had already informed the local government department, district and divisional governments, and the Sindh government’s higher authorities about their strike.

During the strike, they said, all cleanliness and sanitation work would come to a standstill and neither garbage would be lifted from anywhere, nor would sewerage drains be cleaned across Sindh.

They said only 250 sanitation employees were working in the LMC, whereas the population of Larkana had reached between one to 1.2 million. They claimed that despite the acute shortage of staff, cleanliness was maintained in the city with some shortfalls, adding 266 posts of sanitary workers were lying vacant due to deaths and retirements, but no recruitment had been made yet, which complicated the existing situation.

They alleged that two sanitary workers died in Bhan Saeedabad, the constituency of the Sindh chief minister, during the cleaning of a well but their families had not yet been looked after.

They also urged all political, religious, human rights, civil society and social welfare organisations to raise their voices in their support.

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