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Written by Laxmi


Country India

December 01, 2013


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Pressure against the private contractors has been mounting since the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal government (PCMC) withheld payment from the company for violating labor laws. The new contracts proposed by the city government are supposed to ensure that workers will be paid minimum wages. The Pune municipal government has acknowledged the benefits of SWaCH’s low cost and sustainable model and is looking to renew the SWaCH docket. But SWaCH’s position is that changes must be made to the MOU agreement in order for the waste pickers to continue working. Before considering signing a new agreement, the cooperative is demanding that the Pune government revise its cost implications, upgrade rates to SWaCH members and staff, and look closely at loopholes in the existing agreement.