80,000 BMC staff threaten 24-hr strike
Civic employees' unions are at it again. In an arm-twisting tactic, over 80,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have threatened to go on a 24-hour token strike from Tuesday night demanding arrears as per the sixth pay commission.mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2011 01:23 IST
Civic employees' unions are at it again. In an arm-twisting tactic, over 80,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have threatened to go on a 24-hour token strike from Tuesday night demanding arrears as per the sixth pay commission.
The strike is being led by Sharad Rao of the Municipal Mazdoor Union and Baba Kadam of Municipal Karmachari-kamgar Sena (led by Shiv Sena). According to union members, total arrears for the year add up to over Rs300 crore.
The strike, slated to begin at 9pm on Tuesday, could affect water supply, civic hospital services and garbage cleaning.
The municipal administration has termed the strike illegal claiming that the unions didn't give them any notice. However, the administration claims that a contingency plan is in place if the civic employees do carry out their threat.
“We have called in the Home guards and civil defence volunteers to carry out civic work. Our private security will also be roped in for some operations,” Adtani said. Water-supply operations will be handled by senior staff of the department, while garbage collection will be handled by the non-governmental organisations.
In an attempt to thwart the strike, the BMC will issue notices to staffers living in BMC quarters to refrain from the strike, failing which, they could be evicted from the quarters.
Department heads, dealing with the essential services like hospitals, water supply, sewerage operations, conservancy and the fire brigade will be granted an advance of Rs 1 lakh to meet any emergency situation, said a civic official.
The BMC said it would still try to negotiate with the unions.