Regularization of municipal engineering workers required

VIJAYAWADA

PA Municipal Workers and Employees Federation (AP-MW&EF) General Secretary K. Umamaheswara Rao demanded that the government regularize the services of municipal engineering workers, pay them health allowance and guarantee a salary equal for equal work.

Addressing a state-level meeting of engineering workers here on Saturday, Mr Umamaheswara Rao said the government had ignored their longstanding demands and that if it continued to be indifferent, a protest in statewide would take place.

He pointed out that there were 79 categories of engineering workers and they received a multitude of assurances, but only a few of them translated into action. As promised by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, engineering workers should receive equal pay for equal work. In addition, workers performing hazardous work should receive hazard pay and other legal allowances, Rao added.

MW&EF Honorary Chairman P. Venkata Reddy said engineering workers played a crucial role in providing civic amenities but had been neglected by successive governments.

Federation leaders K. Nagabhushanam, B. Somaiah, T. Nookaraju, David, B. Mutyala Rao, Praveen, John, P. Srinivasa Rao and P. Poornachandra Rao were among those present.

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