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BEST bus workers threaten indefinite strike in Mumbai after October 20 over Diwali bonus

Meanwhile, Railway Kamgar Sena said Central Railway will not work overtime from October 15 as they are overworked

mumbai Updated: Oct 13, 2017 12:16 IST
Aroosa Ahmed
Aroosa Ahmed
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,BEST strike,Diwali bonus
BEST has more than 3,500 buses in Mumbai.(HT)

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) workers’ union have threatened an indefinite strike if employees do not receive their Diwali bonus. BEST buses are the city’s second largest public transport system. It has cumulative losses of Rs 2,500 crore.

“Employees received bonus last year, but this time nothing has been stated yet. If they do not receive bonus by October 20 then we will go on a strike.” said Shashank Rao, president of BEST workers’ union. In a BEST committee meeting held recently, all members supported employees’ demand for a bonus. However, the management was reluctant to implement owing to fund crunch. Anil Kokil, chairperson of the BEST committee, said, “I will meet the mayor to discuss the issue on Friday.”

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 00:56 IST