The city’s roads will get filthy, sewage problems will be remain unresolved and civic-run hospitals and schools will have no staff if workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC) go on strike as they have threatened to, from Wednesday.
Talks between the municipal administration and the staff unions remained inconclusive today. The two sides will meet again on Tuesday, but civic administration has begun preparing for the strike. The BMC is also drawing up a contingency plan with the help of home guards and the police as the strike will hamper the city’s daily functioning as staff from departments like health, sewage operations, garbage collection and development plan will be on strike. The strike will cripple civic health services as well as services such as garbage clearance. While staffers handling essential services such as water supply cannot participate, there are chances that these services too may get affected.
Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner, said: “Water supply will not be affected as we have trained home guards to operate the water distribution system.”
In a circular issued today, Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya said all employees living in civic quarters should report to work, failing which they would have to vacate the quarters.
More than 80,000 employees of the Sharad Rao-led Municipal Mazdoor Union and Shiv Sena's Baba Kadam-led Municipal Karmachari Kamgar Sena are planning to participate in the indefinite strike.
Civic employees are protesting the non-payment of their salaries revised as per the Sixth Pay Commission. According to the unions, the BMC is yet to clear arrears since 2005 from when the Sixth Pay Commission was to be implemented. The total arrears is more than Rs 300 crore. In his circular, the civic chief has said the BMC would use video footages as evidence and file police complaints against errant civic employees who instigate or discourage other employees from working. The civic body has also threatened to take disciplinary action against those participating in the stir.