ArmInfo. On September 10, "Sanitek employees held a protest rally in front of the Yerevan Municipality. They complain that the Municipality didn't transfer the amounts stipulated by the agreement to Sanitek, the company that is the monopoly operator for garbage collection and cleaning of the capital. As a result, the company was unable to pay salaries for August about 600 people.
Employees of the company, require a formal request for employment from the capital's Municipality and compensation for unpaid amounts. According to the protesters, the company's directorate does not tell them anything about their next steps.
According to available information, the Sanitek waste collection operator, which has accumulated significant debts and failed to properly fulfill its obligations under the agreement with the mayor's office, is leaving the Yerevan market as bankrupt. Press Secretary of the Mayor of Yerevan Hakob Karapetyan, referring to the protests of the employees of "Sanitek", treated their needs with understanding and advised the audience to turn directly to the management of the company on the issue of salaries. The mayor's office offered all employees to find jobs in the relevant municipal services.
From now on, taking into account the fact that the Armenian branch of Sanitek LLC and Sanitek International LLC are not fulfilling their contractual obligations regarding the services provided throughout the administrative territory of Yerevan, garbage collection and sanitation services will be carried out in 12 administrative districts of Yerevan with the help of formed by the mayor's office of "Garbage collection and sanitary cleaning in Yerevan" and waste disposal. The measure was taken to resolve the garbage crisis in the capital of Armenia. A large number of additional equipment and new containers have already been brought into the city.
The mayor's office said that at the moment there is no cooperation with <Sanitek>, all negotiations have been suspended.
It should be reminded that in February a criminal case was filed regarding tax evasion against the companies Sanitek International and Sanitek Armenia. At the same time, the director of the company, Nicholas Tavil, said that the criminal case has a political connotation, and its goal is to "seize the property of a private enterprise".
Problems with the removal of household waste in Yerevan began in the summer of 2018, and in the spring of 2019, Sanitek company was fined twice for failure to fulfill obligations, for a total of a small amount of AMD 40 million, while monthly, according to the agreement, the municipality transferred about 5 billion drams to the company's account. Residents of Yerevan were extremely outraged by the accumulated garbage throughout the city and the inaction of the relevant services.
Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan repeatedly publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the work of "Sanitek" company, stressing that Yerevan residents will no longer tolerate work of this quality.