Friday, January 30, 2009

Better Late Than Never – Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik Distributes 7 crors to NMMC Contract cleaning Workers

June 27, 2008
It was a historical moment when with the initiatives of Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik, the cleaning workers of NMMC on contract basis not just got their one month demand of equal pay for equal work fulfilled but were also given the pending amount due till date.
This week Guardian Minister’s Janta Darbaar is a historical one as it made contract labors of NMMC the only ones across Maharashtra who were given wages equal to that of the permanent workers. And much credit of this goes to Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. Marking the birth anniversary of Shahu Maharaj, Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik addressed the thousands of contract cleaning workers present and announced that from now their wages would be equivalent to the pay scale of permanent workers. The Guardian Minister also distributed the amount that was due to these workers in the last seven months according to the new pay scale. Present during the Darbaar along with the Minister was Worker Leader Sharad Rao, Mayor Anjani Bhoir and NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata. We spoke to Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik during the event.
He added that the increased wages would bring relief amongst the contract workers. On the other hand, Workers Union Leader Sharad Rao expressed happiness on NMMC’s decision and the efforts of the Guardian Minister. According to NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata around 3200 cleaning workers would be benefited with this decision and NMMC would have an additional cost of 7 crore every year.
And of course for the contract workers it was the day they had waited for years. While Gaurdian Minister Ganesh Naik has brought about huge relief for the contract cleaning workers on the occasion of Shahu Maharaj Jayanti, hopefully now the contractors too would do justice and ensure that the workers get the wages they sign for on paper.

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