BEST’s elec­tric­ity arm, rail­way union threaten to join strike

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THE BEST bus strike in Mum­bai is set to en­ter Day 7 on Mon­day with no agree­ment in sight be­tween the ag­i­tat­ing work­ers and the man­age­ment of the civic-run trans­port un­der­tak­ing. The is­sue will now be taken up by the high court as the draft of de­mands was sub­mit­ted by the trade union to the court-ap­pointed com­mit­tee led by the chief sec­re­tary on Sat­ur­day.

If the is­sue is not re­solved, elec­tric­ity union mem­bers of the BEST Un­der­tak­ing have also threat­ened to join the strike and as many as 53 per cent of the staff re­mained ab­sent from work on Sat­ur­day it­self. One of the rail­ways’ big­gest unions, the Na­tional Rail­way Maz­door Sangh, has also ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with the BEST strike and promised to join their protests if the strike is not re­solved by Mon­day.

Mean­while, Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray said on Sun­day that there was no point mak­ing al­le­ga­tions against each other. “The em­ploy­ees are get­ting wages as per the agree­ment signed be­tween the recog­nised union and the man­age­ment. The fi­nan­cial con­di­tion of the BEST is poor and I as­sure you that the merger of the BEST and BMC bud­get will be com­pleted, but we must sit and talk for that to reach a con­clu­sion. The mat­ter is now in court, but I am al­ways avail­able to talk,” he said.

Mean­while, Ola and Uber ag­gre­ga­tors have once again threat­ened to go on strike this week as their de­mands are yet to be ful­filled fol­low­ing their Novem­ber strike. Union lead­ers will be call­ing on the chief min­is­ter on Mon­day.

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