The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sent a de-recognition notice to the Sharad Rao-led Municipal Mazdoor Union (MMU) and filed a contempt of court case against it on Wednesday, a day after it called a civic strike that affected essentials services in the city.
Of the seven recognised unions in the BMC, only the MMU decided to go on strike over pay hike. It controls 70% of the civic staff.
The administration also suspended seven BMC employees after it was proved that they were involved in damaging civic property during the strike. It has also decided to cut the one-day salary of its 80,000 employees who participated in the strike.
Officials said that by calling a strike without prior notice, the MMU has also invited contempt of court as the industrial court has restrained it from going on strike and asked it to negotiate with the administration instead.
“A petition of contempt of court has been filed by the BMC in the industrial court. Notices have also been issued to the civic and contractual workers, who participated in the strike,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.
Demanding a pay revision on the levels of the Sixth Pay Commission, Rao had called for an indefinite strike from Monday evening.
Following this, the BMC had approached the industrial court asking it to prohibit the strike. The court, while restraining the civic employees from going on strike, had directed the MMU to negotiate with the administration till September 23. However, Rao went ahead with the strike on September 19.
The BMC is now scrutinising video tapes from the ward offices to determine whether any of the striking staff obstructed others from reporting to work.