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Metro cleaners protest 50% cut in pay, lock station gate for 30 minutes

GREATER NOIDA: A group of housework staff locked the primary gate of Depot metro station for around 30 minutes on Monday, protesting an almost 50% reduce in wages by means of the personal contractor and accusing NMRC of turning a deaf ear to their pleas.
As many as 13 of the protesters have been arrested later within the night. They must spend a most of 15 days in jail as their bail bonds have been rejected. The housework staff, though, have been protesting since January 21, demanded that an FIR be lodged towards the personal contractor for reducing down their salary. The staff have been getting Rs 12,900 a month, which used to be almost halved to Rs 6,600 in January.

The protesters claimed they'd been running on the premises of the Depot station since April 2018 and feature now been getting threats from the personal contractor that they'd lose their jobs.

“We have been sitting in protest since January 21 to demand that we be paid the earlier wages. We have also sought a duplicate of the new delicate below which we have been appointed. We need to know below which rule our salary has been decreased,” stated probably the most protesters.

The staff, who had met the Gautam Budh Nagar DM on January 28 challenging equivalent paintings, equivalent pay and salary hike, alleged that regardless of the DM referring their software to NMRC, not anything has been performed to this point. The housework staff have been running below a DMRC contractor previous, but the agency used to be changed after NMRC took over operations.

On Monday, the protesters arrived outdoor Depot station around 3pm and started reiterating their calls for. However, as the safety workforce did not allow them to move inside of, they sat outdoor the primary gate. They have been led by means of Savita Sharma, a local activist.

After a while, the protesters locked the primary gate of the metro station for around half-an-hour. A group from Surajpur police station arrested 13 of the protesters.

While most of the male protesters have been evicted from the website, Sharma endured her sit-in until around 7.30 pm. “We need an FIR registered towards the contractor with whom we have been related. We aren't even getting our provident fund,” she stated.

The arrested protesters have been also challaned below CrPC 151 (preventive detention). They have been despatched to jail because the SDM (Sadar) rejected their bail bonds.

Surajpur SHO Munish Chauhan stated the bail bonds weren't accepted by means of the SDM “as a result of the gravity of the location”. Asked about the quantum of punishment, he stated the jail time period could prolong as much as 15 days.

PD Upadhyay, executive director at NMRC, stated the housework staff have been employed with DMRC. “We have nothing to do with them,” he stated.

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