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Flash strike by employees of Maharashtra State Road Transport hits operations across state

The largest public transport body in the country, MSRTC employs close to 1.02 lakh employees and ferries above of 60 lakh passengers with its 18,000 buses every single day. Earlier today, the body announced that it will be hiking ticket prices for commuters by 18 per cent.

MSRTC employees call flash strike across Maharashtra |Photo Credit:&nbspBCCL MUMBAI: Bus stations across Maharashtra wore a deserted look on Friday due to the ongoing flash strike by employees of the state-owned Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC).

The strike began on Friday midnight without any prior warning in Mumbai and other parts of the state. What is surprising is that unlike strikes in the past, this strike is not a union’s doing but is being carried out by individual employees across the state. The employees are demanding a salary hike from the Devendra Fadnavis[1] -led BJP state government.

An MSRTC official told media that the strike has affected operations in Konkan, Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Western Maharashtra[2] . It is being speculated that since the strike comes at the heels of a wage revision that was implemented on June 1, insufficient hike in wages may have triggered the hike. The MSRTC unilaterally approved a wage revision worth Rs 4,500 crore and the same was implemented on the first day of this month.

Meanwhile, prominent transport workers unions such as the Maharashtra State SR Kamagar Sangatana have clearly asserted that they oppose the wage revision citing insufficient salary hikes. The largest public transport body in the country, MSRTC employs close to 1.02 lakh employees and ferries above of 60 lakh passengers with its 18,000 buses every single day. A similar strike was organised by the corporation’s employees during Diwali in 2017 which lasted for four days.

The strike had caused serious issues for lakhs of commuters across the state affecting their plans to visit their families at the time of a major festival. Earlier today, the body announced that it will be hiking ticket prices for commuters by 18 per cent. Meanwhile, the ongoing strike has severely affected operations on the Mumbai-Pune corridor.

Must Read: By 2019, traffic in Delhi will be managed using Artificial Intelligence (AI)[3]

References

  1. ^ Devendra Fadnavis (www.timesnownews.com)
  2. ^ Maharashtra (www.timesnownews.com)
  3. ^ By 2019, traffic in Delhi will be managed using Artificial Intelligence (AI) (www.timesnownews.com)



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