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Reach an agreement: HC to labour commissioner

The railways authorities and motormen are yet to reach a consensus after some motormen went on strike paralysing the city’s transport for more than 24 hours in May.

mumbai Updated: Jun 17, 2010 02:58 IST
HT Correspondent

The railways authorities and motormen are yet to reach a consensus after some motormen went on strike paralysing the city’s transport for more than 24 hours in May.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Regional Labour Commissioner, Central, to proceed with the conciliation process expeditiously.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata informed the court that the railways have not been able to reach a final agreement with the motormen who had gone on strike.

“The Regional Labour Commissioner, Central, stopped hearings in its conciliation process saying the matter was subjudice since it was pending in the high court,” said Khambata.

A division bench of Justice J.N. Patel and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari asked the labour commissioner to proceed with the matter.

The court again asked the railways to make all 500-600 motormen respondents to the petition filed by the union government.

Motormen had gone on strike from May 3 to May 4.

More than 65 lakh travellers were affected due to the strike.