India – November 2012
Update from Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers (AIW):
SWaCH officially terminated work on November 1 in the PCMC (the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation). The workers have been ’employed’ by the new contractors that have applied for an interim 6 month contract floated by the PCMC. The waste pickers were told they will only be paid 100 Rupees per day, though the contract says 200 Rupees. The contractors are also all threatening that the waste pickers should not take away the recyclables, though they’ve continued to access it. At the second hearing on November 5, the judge chided PCMC for being retrogressive, suggested that waste pickers be included in the contract terms, and also urged the PCMC not to flout government directives. A temporary stay order has been issued on the 5 year contract that had been floated. They have asked PCMC to continue with the interim contract until they change the terms of the new contract. The next hearing is on November 26th.