Mumbai, October 21: Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees called off their five-day long strike following a late-night core committee meeting on Friday. The decision comes in the wake of Bombay High Court order which termed the strike ‘illegal’.
The court ordered the employees to resume their work after the strike had hit the transport services badly across the state. The court said, “The strike is illegal and they (MSRTC employees) are directed to resume work with immediate effect.”
The court said the state government cannot be a mute spectator to the strike which has affected the transport services badly. The court observed, “The government cannot remain a mute spectator on the strike. This is affecting the public at large, especially during the festive season.”
It also directed committee formed by the state government to submit its report on employees demands by December 21. More than 1 Lakh employees of the corporation demanded a revision in their salaries as per the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
Earlier, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote held a six-hour long meeting with MSRTC officials and union representatives. Raote said the demands of the employees could not be accepted. He said, “Union representatives put forth the highest-ever proposal to increase the salary. Their (pay hike) demand is so high that it is not possible for the MSRTC to accept it.”