As many as 1,200 employees of A2Z Waste Management Pvt. Ltd, the partner agency of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), on Tuesday struck work, demanding timely payment of wages.
The labourers, engaged in collecting garbage from roads around the city as well as from bins and ferry the waste to the dumping ground in Jhiri, about 16km away near Ratu, also marched from Sri Krishna Singh Park to Nepal House.
"The agency had assured the employees that they would be paid by the 20th of every month. However, that promise is not being kept," said Bhawan Singh, one of the leaders of the agitation.
The employees also demanded a day's extra pay if they worked on national holidays, in addition to eight causal leaves and 10 personal leaves in a year. At present, they have only weekly off days.
The agitating employees also warned A2Z Waste Management that if their demands were not considered, they could embark on an indefinite strike in the near future.
Tuesday's strike left the city dirty as overflowing garbage bins were not emptied and waste strewn around on the streets lay unattended. "We tried to clear some bins. But, many could not be emptied due to the strike," admitted Asish Kumar Sourabh, public relations officer of A2Z Waste Management.
Sourabh, however, said the employees will resume work on Wednesday and regular cleaning would be carried out.
"We submit the monthly report to the civic body, following which our dues gets cleared after passing through different processes. As for this month's due, we got it from the civic body today and the employees will be paid in the next two days," Sourabh said.