It’s Christmas tomorrow and sanitation workers are still protesting for their salaries!

On Monday evening, Sanitation workers of Metropolitan Cooperation Islamabad (MCI) have decided to take their protest on the roads of Islamabad.

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  • The protesters were seen chanting slogans against the authorities for not paying them their salaries.
  • “Only two days are left for Christmas but government officials are taking no interest in clearing our salaries,” said a protestor. 
  • Meanwhile, the Ministry of the interior is silent over the issue even though both CDA and MCI come under the ministry.

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On Monday evening, Sanitation workers of Metropolitan Cooperation Islamabad (MCI) have decided to take their protest on the roads of Islamabad. The workers are demanding their salaries that are pending since the last three months.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of the interior is silent over the issue even though both CDA and MCI come under the ministry. The ministry is paying no attention to the growing tension between the two administrations.

Rift between CDA and MCI:

However, sanitary workers have been affected the most because of the rift between CDA and MCI. Last night, the workers blocked traffic near Zero Point Interchange, demanding payment of their wages . The protesters were seen chanting slogans against the authorities.

The road blockade caused problems for the citizens who were coming back from work.

“Only two days are left for Christmas but government officials are taking no interest in clearing our salaries. Earlier, we had staged protests before the offices of the mayor, CDA chairperson, National Press Club but to no avail. Our children are waiting for Christmas shopping where we should go?” said Arshad Masih.

Before the formation of MCI, the sanitation directorate was a part of CDA. Currently, MCI has around Rs.2 billion in its account but they said they have no financial rules so CDA should be the one to pay the salaries.

Blaming each other:

On the other hand, CDA is saying that MCI is responsible for paying the salaries to its sanitation staff.

On Thursday, CDA had released Rs.30 million for paying salaries to the workers, claims the sanitation director.

Sanitation director further said that salaries of the workers are being paid. However, today’s protest was for the Christmas bonus. Officials from MCI and CDA said that the issue was resolved but soon it will emerge again as millions of rupees are still pending towards CDA/MCI.


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