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Give up strike or move out of staff housing: BMC to employees

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned its employees, who are demanding a pay hike, against going on strike. As talks with the unions continued on Friday, Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya warned that if employees failed to report to work, they would have to vacate their official quarters.

mumbai Updated: Nov 20, 2010 01:45 IST
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned its employees, who are demanding a pay hike, against going on strike. As talks with the unions continued on Friday, Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya warned that if employees failed to report to work, they would have to vacate their official quarters.

Over 80,000 employees owing allegiance to the Sharad Rao-led Municipal Mazdoor Union and the Baba Kadam-led Municipal Karmachari-Kamgar Sena are demanding a salary hike as per the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. They have threatened to go on strike from midnight on Saturday.

The BMC said it has a contingency plan to ensure life in the city is not severely disrupted.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta said emergency services would not get affected. “Water supply will not be hit; we will take home guards’ help to operate the distribution system,” he added.

The administration warned of action against the agitators and those who instigated employees against reporting to work. They would not be paid for the days they stayed away from work and could even be dismissed.

“The outcome of Saturday’s talks with the mayor and civic chief would be either a solution or a strike,” said Rao. The union claimed that the BMC has not paid salary arrears since 2006 when the Sixth Pay Commission was to be implemented.

Unions want a 40 percent hike instead of the 18 percent that the BMC has agreed to pay.

“We met with Khsatriya and, from the 33 issues we raised, 16 were sorted out. Mayor Shraddha Jadhav will hold a meeting on Saturday,” Rao said.

He said workers of all departments, including water, hospitals and conservancy staff, would stay away from work.