The Telegraph
Sunday , January 5 , 2014
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No job promise for A2Z workers

Dhanbad, Jan. 4: The fate of retrenched workers of private waste management firm A2Z in Dhanbad hangs in the balance with the civic authorities making it clear that they could not be absorbed in Dhanbad Municipal Corporation as they were not on its payroll.

A total of 398 cleaners, supervisors, helpers and others, who are up in arms against their retrenchment by A2Z and delay in payment of dues, had taken out a march from the Dhanbad bus stand to Dhanbad Municipal Corporation today. The protesters, led by Santosh Kumar Bansphor, even met deputy mayor Neeraj Singh, seeking jobs in the municipal corporation on humanitarian grounds.

Singh lent a patient ear to their grievances and demands, but said it was not possible for him to give them direct jobs in the civic body as they were not employed by it. But he assured the agitating workers that he would ask the new company, which would replace A2Z that has decided to withdraw services from Dhanbad and is supposed to work till January 20, to employ them.

“Dhanbad Municipal Corporation did not employ these workers. A2Z had roped in their services and they should knock on its doors or just wait for the selection of a new agency that will carry out cleaning works in Dhanbad,” Neeraj told The Telegraph.

Bansphor said that they had agreed to work under A2Z, a Gurgaon-based company, because it had entered into a 30-year contract of solid waste management in Dhanbad with the municipal corporation. “Who would know that A2Z would quit so early?” he asked.