BEST strike en­ters 7th day; Sena mulls union’s de­mands

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Brace for traf­fic snarls, crowded trains, high-charg­ing au­torick­shaws and taxis, and no Bestbus­esonmon­day­morn­ing, as the strike by Bri­han­mum­bai Elec­tric Sup­ply and Trans­port (BEST) work­ers en­ters its sev­enth day.

Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray said the civic body was will­ing to con­sider re­vis­ing wages and merg­ing the bud­get of BEST with that of the civic body — two main de­mands of the protest­ing work­ers. How­ever, un­til Sun­day evening, there were no talks be­tween the BEST Sayukt Kam­gar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS) union, rep­re­sent­ing the em­ploy­ees, and the BEST ad­min­is­tra­tion. Thack­eray also as­sured

there would be no job cuts, but any un­rea­son­able de­mands would not be ac­cepted.

The union said it would de­cide whether to con­tinue the strike after the three-mem­ber com­mit­tee headed by chief sec­re­tary DK Jain sub­mits its find­ings to the Bom­bay high court on Mon­day. The panel held meet­ings with the union, BEST and BMC ad­min­is­tra­tion on Satur­day.

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