A Report on Sanitation Truck Drivers in Hyderabad
In view of the recent strike by sanitation truck drivers in Hyderabad, we are publishing a report on their working conditions based on preliminary research conducted by Harsha Devulapalli in October 2015, during an earlier strike.
The report highlights a number of pressing concerns for solid waste management in cities, but also a broader question regarding the outsourcing of labour employed in public infrastructure work. A large amount of “public works” have been, and are being, conducted through contractors and outsourced labour. This blurs clarity on accountability, it involves gross underpaying of workers, and very poor standards for quality control as evidenced by this report.