Maharashtra state transport staff threaten strike from Oct 17
Transport minister Diwakar Raote appeals to the transport body to call off the proposed strike due to festival rush.pune Updated: Oct 15, 2017 23:48 IST
With private bus operators fleecing passengers by cashing in on the demand during the festive season, the strike threat by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees from October 17 is bound to cause hardship and inconvenience to many hapless residents.
Bearing in mind the Diwali rush, transport minister Diwakar Raote has appealed to the transport body to call off the proposed strike. Sandeep Shinde of Maharashtra State Transport Workers Union said that their long-pending demands have long fallen on deaf ears and they are supported by Maharashtra ST Workers Congress.
“Our demands include implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission and 25 per cent interim hike till the revised salary contract is made," the union leader said. The state currently operates 17,000 buses across the state and has 1.07 lakh MSRTC employees.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Raote said, “The MSRTC workers have the right to raise their demands but the industrial court as well as the labour court have clearly stated that the strike cannot be held from October 17 due to rush of passengers. Yet, they have decided to go on strike. I have appealed to the workers to call off the strike."