Plea in HC against strike by sanitation workers

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday posted for January 10 a plea seeking direction to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) employees to end their strike over non-payment of their salaries.

A division bench of Justices B.D. Ahmed and Justice Ashutosh Kumar posted for Tuesday the plea which said the Delhi government and the civic body should immediately be directed to release salaries to sanitation workers who went on strike from January 5, as piles of muck taken out of drains and garbage was dumped on city roads.

Advocate Sugriva Dubey, appearing for petitioner Salek Chand Jain, said salaries and other benefits be ordered to be given by the authorities to the workers as the workers have not been paid their salaries for last two months.

Authorities concerned be asked to impose Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against nearly 25,000 municipal employees of the EDMC, who went on a strike, he said.

The Delhi High Court had earlier directed civic bodies to pay regular salaries to all employees, including sanitation workers on or before 7th of every month for smooth functioning of the corporations.