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Pay 1,200 contract staff same salary as regular employees: Court to Mumbai University

However, the court refrained from regularising the services of these staffers and directed them to the Bombay high court.

mumbai Updated: Feb 04, 2018 00:39 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
Mumbai university,industrial court,contract staff
The industrial court in the city has found that the University of Mumbai (MU) was paying its contractual staff salaries lesser than its regular employees.(HT File)

The industrial court in the city has found that the University of Mumbai (MU) was engaging in unfair labour practice for paying 1,200 contractual employees less than its regular employees.

In an order issued in January, the court directed the university to pay its contract employees salaries similar to what it pays its lowest grade pay staff. However, the court refrained from regularising the services of these staffers and directed them to the Bombay high court. “The complaint is partly allowed, with proportionate cost. The respondent university is restrained from committing unfair labour practice,” reads the order by DM Deshmukh, in-charge member, industrial court. MU has challenged the order in the high court.

MU has been employing non-teaching staff on contract-basis as the state government has created only eight permanent posts in the last 30 years. Out of the 1,319 permanent posts in MU, around 300 are lying vacant. While the regular employees are paid by the state, MU pays its temporary employees.

They also said there has been little increase in their salaries over the years. Dismayed by the administration, they moved the industrial court. “The decision will be implemented from this month. Which means a loss for us, as our past dues will not be paid. We are now trying figure out our next move. We may file a caveat in the high court,” said an employee.

Last July, HT had reported that MU decided to not renew the contract of 470 temporary non-teaching employees. MU renewed 130 contracts after these employees gave an undertaking not to challenge the varsity in a court.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 00:38 IST