Demanding implementation of revised wage structure, about 100 conservancy workers staged a protest under the aegis of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) here on Monday.

M. Balasubramaniam, general secretary (Madurai Corporation), CITU, said the Commissioner of Municipal Administration had issued a letter to all regions asking them to implement Government Order 2 (D) No. 62, dated October 11, 2017, from May 16 this year. As per the GO, the minimum wage had been fixed at Rs. 625 a day and Rs. 16,275 a month. Sweepers and other conservancy workers receive about Rs. 9,600 a month.

The Corporation had sought two months time to implement it. Mr. Balasubramaniam said if the new wage structure was not implemented in August, the workers would go on strike.

A daily wager, K. Meenakshisundaram, said, “The Corporation should have started paying as per the new structure. We spend most part of our day toiling on roads and cleaning drainages to keep the city clean. But we are paid a pittance.”

The protesters also alleged that since the contractors often delayed payment of wages till 15th of every month, they found it difficult to meet family expenses.

The workers staged a protest with the same demand in June.

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