Street Sweepers Appeal For Salary Increment

By:  Mafanta Kromah (Intern), mafanta.kromah@gmail.com

Street sweepers in Jacob Town, Paynesville are appealing to the government to increase their wages because what they earn can not meet their basic needs.

The sweeper told In Profile Daily on Monday that they receive US$90.00 (ninety United States dollars) each per month despite the harmful garbage they clean on a daily basis.

Declining to call their names for fear of reprisal, some of the sweepers said, though they are pleased with doing the work because it is contributing to the development of the nation, the government must see reason to increase their monthly take-home.

However, others expressed disappointment in government over the amount they take home as an earning because the work they do is hard for such an amount.

One of them, who only identified herself as Patience, said she lives in Soul Clinic and travels to Jacob Town every morning, thus spending part of what she earns on transportation.

Patience had this to explain: “We don’t have men to support us and our children, this is what we do to cater to our homes and yet still it can’t meet up with our responsibilities in the home and in the end we borrow money to cater to other necessities, which I think is more like setback.”