HT’s #BESTBachao campaign: Bus unions ask Devendra Fadnavis to intervene
BEST employees’ unions are using HT’s four-part series to appeal to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and prominent citizens for intervention.Updated: Aug 06, 2017, 01:33 IST
Hindustan Times’ #BESTBachao campaign, which highlighted the plight of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses and how the services can be revived, has created buzz in the city.
Now, BEST employees’ unions are using HT’s four-part series to appeal to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and prominent citizens for intervention. Union workers are planning a strike from August 7.
The Sanyukta Kamgar Kriti Samiti, an action committee of various BEST unions, put out posters, at all 27 bus depots, featuring HT’s suggestions and illustration on them.
The posters also announced the strike from August 7, which is BEST’s Foundation Day.
BEST employees have threatened a strike if the undertaking fails to timely disburse salaries to its staff.
Facing its worst financial crisis, BEST has been unable to pay the employees’ salaries on time.
After the BMC and the state government failed to act on their demands, the BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kriti Samiti has announced the strike, which would inconvenience commuters.
“Our demands are very simple: treat BEST workers at par with those of BMC. We have not received anything in written from the municipal body or the government. We are planning to go ahead with the strike.” said, Shashank Rao, leader, BEST Workers’ Union.
Ironically, August 7 is also the BEST Day on which Marathi actors become BEST brand ambassadors and will be coming forward and asking the Mumbaikars to commute by its buses.