Two sanitation workers ask for bonus, sacked by JNU
New Delhi: The teachers and student unions at JNU condemned the administration's decision to terminate the contract of two sanitation workers without any prior notice. One of the workers is Urmila, who is President of the All India General Kamagar Union. The students and JNUTA claim this is yet another attempt by the administration to stifle any voices that oppose their "anti- University" policies.
Urmila has been working as a sanitation worker at JNU for last 15 years through the company tasked with the conservancy contract, Rakshak Securities. In 2014, she became the President of AIGKU, which is affiliated to AICCTU. Urmila had approached the JNU administration directly to request a bonus. "Two days before Diwali, I had approached the administration to ask for a bonus. They flat out refused, so we left. Now, suddenly, they've issued a notice saying my contract will be terminated," Urmila said.
"We need to oppose and expose the administration that believes in taking punitive action against those who raise genuine questions and concerns that promote the welfare of the University," the statement signed by President Atul Sood said.
The student union leaders claim that it is illogical that Urmila was terminated by the contracted agency because she approached the JNU administration for a bonus, which is the principal employer in this case. "The contract agency had no business issuing her a notice. It is like an employee taking an issue to the boss and the boss's subordinate firing the employee. How does that make sense? It is silly and just the administration's way of being vindictive," N Sai Balaji, the President of JNUSU said.
Meanwhile, the sanitation workers of JNU, along with Urmila marched towards the Dean office to demand the withdrawal of the suspension letter issued to sanitation worker Urmila and Sunita. The dean refused to talk with the workers' representative.