Tuesday 17 May 2022
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MSRTC employees on indefinite strike demanding salary hike

Mumbai: Over one lakh of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have gone on an indefinite strike demanding a hike in salary from midnight yesterday.This has caused huge hardships to thousands of long-distance passengers planning to travel to their hometowns for Diwali.

The transport department of the Maharashtra government has issued a notification to allow private vehicles, including school buses, to ferry passengers to overcome disruptions.

 The state-run corporation termed the strike as “illegal”.”Different courts have clarified that such strikes are not within law as transport is an essential service. We, therefore, appeal to the staffers to resume work.” MSRTC officials said 

Our 1.02 lakh staffers have stopped plying state transport demanding implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and an interim hike of 25 per cent till the pay panel’s recommendations are implemented.

“The government agreed to give only a part of interim hike which is not acceptable to us,” Sandeep Shinde, president of the Maharashtra ST Workers’ Union, told media today.

“We have been rendering our services to them (passengers) since long, but this time we need their support for our survival,” Shinde added. He said, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Transport Minister Diwakar Raote have taken some steps to resolve the issue, but “we want a final solution this time”.

Fadnavis and Raote have taken the issue seriously and ordered setting up of a committee to look into it.

More than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state everyday. The MSRTC runs 18,000 buses, some of which go to far-flung areas not connected by rail network. The transport undertaking incurs a of Rs 450 crore per year.

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