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Autos may be off the roads today

Tuesday could be a bad day for Mumbai's commuters as autos and cabs may be off the roads in response to a call for an all-India strike by central trade unions.

mumbai Updated: Sep 07, 2010 02:31 IST
HT Correspondent

Tuesday could be a bad day for Mumbai's commuters as autos and cabs may be off the roads in response to a call for an all-India strike by central trade unions.

Fewer Meru cabs will be available

Around 40 per cent of Meru cab drivers, that is 800 drivers, affiliated with the Shiv Sena union have gone on strike from Monday.

Meru runs 1,802 fleet cabs off the total 2,300 in the city.

The cabbies are demanding that either Meru hike its basic fare by Rs 3 (from Rs 20 to Rs 23) or reduce the Rs 200 daily fee cabbies have to pay for being members of the service.

"We will not ply vehicles till the management takes a decision," said Vinayak Raut, president, Meru Cabs Drivers Association and Shiv Sena leader.

Sharad Rao, trade unionist whose unions hold sway in the civic body and among cab and auto drivers, said: "We have appealed to auto and taxi unions and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation staff to join the strike."

If civic workers join the stir, Mumbai's civic needs – garbage clearance, cleaning gutters and nullahs, among other things - will not be unattended to.

The Maharashtra has warned its employees against participating in the strike, threatening them with disciplinary action.

The taxi union said it would not take part in the stir. "We won't participate," said A. Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taxi Union.

State transport buses and those run by the BEST will also ply. The nation-wide strike has been called by central trade unions and industry federations that include banks, insurance, oil, coal, defence, civil aviation, public sector companies, etc., to protest price rise, job losses, violation of labour laws and disinvestments in the public sector units.