The employees of Mineral Area Development Authority (MADA) on Tuesday withdrew its proposed strike from March 15.
Besides this, the poll duty boycott call was also withdrawn, following the intervention by Dhanbad deputy commissioner (DC) Prashant Kumar. The deputy commissioner on Tuesday assured to ensure the payment of Rs 15,000 per month to the aggrieved employees against arrears till the sixth pay commission is implemented.
Over 1,400 MADA employees had demanded the implementation of the sixth pay commission and threatened to go on a strike if it were not implemented by March 15.
MADA, an autonomous civic body, caters to sanitation and drinking water requirements of over 12 lakh residents residing in the colliery areas of Dhanbad and Bokaro.
Taking a serious note of the MADA employees’ demand, the DC convened a tripartite meeting with union leaders, company management and the district administration on Tuesday afternoon.
The deputy commissioner added that owing to the imposition of the election code of conduct, demands of the employees cannot be fulfilled. They could only be considered after May 17.
However, Kumar ensured, that the management would continue the payment of Rs 15,000 per month against arrears. Arrears of the employees have accumulated for 24 months and they have been agitating for the implementation of the sixth pay commission implementation, assured career progression (ACP) and dearness allowance.
SN Dubey, the coordinator of Pradhikar Karamchari Samanvya Samiti (PKSS), the frontal organisation of the employees, said in the wake of the elections the strike has been cancelled till May 17.
“The DC has assured to make the payment of Rs10,000 on the occasion of Holi. So, we withdrew the poll duty boycott call also,” Dubey said.