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LHMC’s sanitation workers detained for asserting rights

While the hospital disregards court orders, protesters are detained for lack of permission for protesting

Sabrangindia 08 Jun 2022

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Delhi’s Mandir Marg police station on June 7, 2022 detained Lady Hardinge’s Medical College’s (LHMC) 50 sanitation workers amidst protests decrying their illegal termination. The All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) condemned the police for manhandling workers and their family members.

On Tuesday, workers headed towards the LHMC building to speak to the management about the sudden firing of some sanitation workers. As per a May 31 Delhi High Court order, the hospital is barred from terminating its employing who have been working there for the last 12 years. This order was in relation to workers’ demand for minimum wages amounting to around ₹ 7,000, including Kalawati Saran Children hospital staffers.

However, police officials kept the workers’ group from entering the building. According to AICCTU Delhi Secretary Surya Prakash, workers then proceeded to protest outside the building but were detained by the police due to “lack of permission”. Videos of the incident show Prakash talking to ASI Chadrahas.

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

“It was only around June 1, 2021 that minimum wages were implemented for the workers. Every time there is a new contractor, workers lose their jobs. Now this has happened despite pending arrears worth ₹ 1.67 cr,” said Prakash.

The trade union leader explained that this calculated number relates to only 22 workers. Around 325 more workers are waiting for their case to be filed.

As per the Delhi court order, “In case the respondents [LHMC authorities] engage any new contractor for the same work(s) which the petitioners [sanitation workers] have been performing for the last many years, the respondents will direct the said contractor to engage the petitioners on the same terms and conditions as existing today without demanding any commission or premium from them for such engagement.”

The order may be read here:

Instead, one worker Afsana accused the police of manhandling on Tuesday. Protesters condemned the hospital for blatantly ignoring court directions. Prakash said it was unfortunate that such an incident occurred nearly a kilometre from the Labour Ministry office.

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LHMC’s sanitation workers detained for asserting rights

While the hospital disregards court orders, protesters are detained for lack of permission for protesting

sanitation workers

Delhi’s Mandir Marg police station on June 7, 2022 detained Lady Hardinge’s Medical College’s (LHMC) 50 sanitation workers amidst protests decrying their illegal termination. The All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) condemned the police for manhandling workers and their family members.

On Tuesday, workers headed towards the LHMC building to speak to the management about the sudden firing of some sanitation workers. As per a May 31 Delhi High Court order, the hospital is barred from terminating its employing who have been working there for the last 12 years. This order was in relation to workers’ demand for minimum wages amounting to around ₹ 7,000, including Kalawati Saran Children hospital staffers.

However, police officials kept the workers’ group from entering the building. According to AICCTU Delhi Secretary Surya Prakash, workers then proceeded to protest outside the building but were detained by the police due to “lack of permission”. Videos of the incident show Prakash talking to ASI Chadrahas.

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

sanitation workers

“It was only around June 1, 2021 that minimum wages were implemented for the workers. Every time there is a new contractor, workers lose their jobs. Now this has happened despite pending arrears worth ₹ 1.67 cr,” said Prakash.

The trade union leader explained that this calculated number relates to only 22 workers. Around 325 more workers are waiting for their case to be filed.

As per the Delhi court order, “In case the respondents [LHMC authorities] engage any new contractor for the same work(s) which the petitioners [sanitation workers] have been performing for the last many years, the respondents will direct the said contractor to engage the petitioners on the same terms and conditions as existing today without demanding any commission or premium from them for such engagement.”

The order may be read here:

Instead, one worker Afsana accused the police of manhandling on Tuesday. Protesters condemned the hospital for blatantly ignoring court directions. Prakash said it was unfortunate that such an incident occurred nearly a kilometre from the Labour Ministry office.

Related:

Stop Killing Us: Sanitation workers
Manual scavengers: Abandoned by state, derided by society
Manual scavenger deaths: Did Centre misrepresent death data in Parliament?
Gujarat: 12 sanitation workers dead, but no compensation?

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