PHE daily wagers protest in Srinagar, demand release of pending wages

Srinagar: The casual labourers of Public Health Engineering (PHE) held a protest in this summer capital on Monday, in support of their demands, which included regularisation of services and release of pending wages.

Scores of casual labourers, under the banner of Kashmir Joint Employee Association, assembled in the compound of PHE office on Exchange road, here and raised their demands.

Holding placards, which read, ‘Regularise our services’ and ‘Release our pending wages’, besides other slogans, the demonstrators threatened to intensify their protest, if their demands were not fulfilled.

The agitators said they were protesting to remind the government of it’s promises.
‘We were promised that our issues will be addressed and even a committee was constituted to look into the matter,’ they said.

However, so far, no headway has been made by the committee and their issues have not been addressed.
‘We are finding it difficult to support our families as our salaries are not released. We are unable to pay bills or fee of our children… how are we suppose to cater to the needs of our families,’ they added.

The association said that it has extended full support to the protest of PHE workers in Jammu, who are demonstrating, since the past four days.

The protestors also demanded regularisation, as promised by the administration and threatened to intensify protest, besides boycott the services, if their demands were not fulfilled.