Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees have decided to go on a strike on the demand of salary hike. The employees have stopped discharging their duties from Monday midnight.
MSRTC employees association and other six employee unions of the transport body are participating in this chakka Jam.
It is notable that the strike comes just two days before the Diwali and thousands of passengers are going to face hardship in traveling to their home town on the eve of Diwali. More than 65 lakh passengers use the 17000 ST buses across the state everyday.
As per the pamphlet distributed to the media persons, there are seven major long pending demands including implementation of seventh pay commission, provision OC, increased Dearness allowance, free pass to family of retired ST employee, interim hike of 25 per cent till the recommendations are implemented.
Speaking with theShahab.com Santosh Joshi president of Solapur district ST Workers Union said that state govt. is neglecting demands since years. He said that we have already staged protest, conducted rallies, filed memorandums but in vain. Now our state body has decided to paralyse the entire state transport system. All the bus drivers, conductors, office clerks and class three and class four employees are going to participate in this protest, Joshi was quoted as saying further.
Meanwhile, Employee’s state body had a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence today. CM appealed to call off the strike as he is ready to form a committee to study and recommend salary hike but ruled out the demand for salary as per 7th Pay commission.
The state transport employee bodies have decided to continue the strike.