Days after continuous strike of the housekeeping staff at three high-rises of Shipra Estate Limited (SEL) for non-payment of their due salary, the building agency has finally released the due payment of all the housekeeping staff.
A team of 50 workers and two supervisors employed in housekeeping divison of Shipra Krishna Vista, Shipra Srishti, and Shipra Neo had gone on a strike after not receiving their salary for the month of June. The housekeeping staff at these three housing societies are provided by BVG India Limited. The agency is in contract with SEL for housekeeping needs at these three housing projects.
“We were supposed to receive the salary by 10th of July. Then we were told that our it will be credited by July 18. When we did not even receive it after the 18th, we decided to go on a strike,” said a housekeeping staff.
However, the staff has started receiving their salary from late evening on Wednesday after CitySpidey published a report on the matter.
CitySpidey was informed that the payment was released late in the evening. The staff who have bank accounts were paid through electronic transfer while cheques were handed over to others.
Residents heave a sigh of relief!
“I am relaxed that I would not have to see a dirty corridor anymore. The garbage has been cleared after three days, the risk of diseases in this monsoon is no more,” said Preeti Shukla, a resident of Shipra Neo Society.
However, Shukla also said that more than this, she is happy for the housekeeping staff. “These underprivileged people live paycheck-to-paycheck. They can’t survive if their salary gets delayed. I can see smiling faces after receiving salaries, so I am happy for them,” Shukla added.
“Its definitely a sigh of relief for us. It was unfortunate to watch unkempt common spaces and garbage accumulated in the society,” said Deepak Sethi, member of Apartment Owners Association of Shipra Krishna Vista Society.
However, the residents of these societies are unsure that for how long the staff will work smoothly. “It has been a habit of Shipra to delay the salaries of the people working for us. While the current face off has been resolved, its repetition still haunts us,” Shukla said.
SEL has been notorious for suddenly terminating the contracts or causing delay in the payments of staff employed in maintenance of its projects. On May 1, the day when the world commemorates the contribution of labourers, SEL had fired more than 25 guards in Shipra Neo after they had protested for not being paid for more than two months.
A similar case was reported from Shipra Krishna Vista a few months ago where, the security guards had protested after not being paid.
The residents also said that this problem would not have arisen if AOAs of these three societies had control over the maintenance of their respective societies.
SEL has not handed over the maintenance to any of the AOAs at Shipra Krishna Vista, Shipra Srishti and Shipra Neo.