Workers halt work on JCRB flyover, demand wages

Labourers suspend work on the Jehangir Chowk flyover. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Labourers suspend work on the Jehangir Chowk flyover. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Feb 4: The labourers working at Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh (JCRB) Flyover today stopped different works being carried out by them due to the non-payment of their wages since March.
Around 80 workers assigned different jobs at the flyover stayed away from the works while demanding that their hard-earned wages should be released to them without any delay.
“We are without wages from June last year, while as there are some people who have not been given the wages since March; making us to stop all the works and press for our demands,” said Bashir Ahmad, working as Surveyor.
Despite having a 12-hour shift, the workers said that they have been working extra hours, but they have been denied the wages for last so many months—pushing their families to face hardships.

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While saying that the concerned authorities are telling them that their issues will be resolved soon, the workers said that nobody is taking them seriously. “We have not seen any official from the concerned agency since August and every time we approach them, they tell us that things will be resolved soon,” he said.
The workers have written letters to Deputy Commissioner, Labour Officer and other officials, however, they have not heard anything from anyone so far.
Another worker said that the concerned agency ‘Simplex’ has just disappeared from the scene since August.”We have been just caught in the middle and no body taking any cognizance of the issue,” said Manzoor Ahmad Wani.
The workers are asking that if the ERA is releasing funds to the Simplex and other concerned agencies, “why are not our wages being released.”
The workers have demanded that higher-ups to intervene into the issue and get their wages released so that they could restart the work on the flyover. “We have shut the work and will not start work unless our wages are not released; at the same time we appeal the concerned to do the needful,” they said.

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