Chaos at dump after weekend

2009-12-01 00:00

THE lack of municipal employees at the New England Road landfill site over this past weekend resulted in cleaning-up operations yesterday.

The workers, who stopped working weekends starting from this last Saturday and Sunday, after being told that the overtime budget had been exhausted, complained that they spent yesterday addressing the reckless dumping that had taken place in their absence.

Speaking to The Witness on condition of anonymity, they said they only started working in the afternoon as they had refused to resume their duties before being addressed by management.

Acting deputy municipal manager (DMM) for community services Ramu Raghunandan was unable to address them as he was tied up in meetings, so he sent a representative to hear them out instead.

“We’re not happy about that. We want the DMM to come here and see the filth we had to clean up because we weren’t here, not send a representative,” said a worker.

They said it was grossly unfair that landfill site contract workers are still being paid overtime, yet they, as full-time workers, were told they could no longer claim.

“They also have money to hire machines by the hour, yet the money seems to disappear when its time to pay us for weekend work. Where did the money go, because every vehicle that comes in here has to pay?” said a worker.

They said the budget increases year after year and the managers should be able to channel the funds accordingly, instead of allowing them to run out.

Raghunandan said overtime funding for the landfill site was insufficient, but reports have been compiled for senior management with regard to weekend operations.

“We’re hoping to get a decision on the matter pretty soon as we have been able to de­monstrate that not having staff over weekends results in lost revenue,” he said.

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