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Beetham Landfill sanitation employees protest.

Workers managed by the Solid Waste Management Company Limited who are attached to the Beetham Landfill, Port-of-Spain, yesterday engaged in protest action along the Beetham Highway.

Workers blocked the entrance to the dump and chanted songs demanding outstanding backpay and improved working conditions.

Workers claim argued that sanitation employees provide an essential service and those who work at the Beetham Landfill and other public dumps work under very poor conditions, like mud, dust, no pipe-borne water, mosquitoes, pigeon infestation, dilapidated buildings and (malfunctioning) toilets.

The union attached to them, Industrial, General and Sanitation Workers Union said WASA was supposed to re-connect the pipe-borne water supply three weeks ago but they are still waiting.

The union claims workers are owed backpay for the period 2011 to 2013