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Civic workers in Mumbai strike against low wages

September 20, 2011 - Mumbai

Over 70,000 workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) here have undertaken an indefinite strike from Tuesday, pressing demands for revision of their remunerations.

The workers are demanding for a hike in their salaries, in accordance with the conditions stated in the Sixth Pay Commission.

Various civic employees have joined the strike including firemen, garbage disposal workers, people monitoring water supply, nurses and helpers in civic hospitals.

However, the brunt of the strike is being borne by the patients who are unable to receive any medical attention on account of the strike.

The patients' kin pointed out that the absence of hospital staff due to the strike has caused major inconvenience to the patients suffering from various diseases.

"Actually my wife's treatment is going on at Tata hospital, her operation is done but she had some heart problem, so they recommended me a cardiologist at KEM hospital, and they even gave me a recommendation letter, asking for a check-up. So, I came here today but here a strike is taking place. And because of the strike, I am unable to talk to the doctors properly," said Ram Krishan Gaekwad, husband of a patient.

Many people who have come here for treatment from other cities of Maharashtra have become helpless due to the strike.

"I have come back here after a month with the patient. At 9 a.m., we reached here but we got to know that a strike is going on. We don't know what to do; we have our reservations made for the evening. I asked them when will this strike end, but they said they can't say anything as of now. We can't stay at our relative's place because we don't know how long will this strike go on," said Prema Karan, a relative of a patient.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai. It is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city and a number of suburbs of Mumbai.


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