Voting regarding strike by MSRTC employees to be held on May 26

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Nashik: A period of one year has passed after expiry of pay hike agreement of MSRTC employees. As management is not calling recognised unions for making new agreement, MSRTC workers have decided to go on strike. MSRTC worker union has decided to conduct voting on May 26 and 27 across the state to check interest of workers.

A draft of demands regarding pay hike agreement with recognised worker union was tabled to the administration on January 1, 2016, but one year has passed since then, meeting of pay reform committee has not been conducted yet. Though committee has given extension frequently, there is intentional delay in making pay hike agreement, alleged a recognised worker union.

It has been decided in a convention to implement 7th Pay Commission to MSRTC workers and as management is refusing, they have no other option but to go on strike. This was discussed in a meeting of state executive body of the union on May 11. It was decided to know workers’ views to complete all legalities.

Accordingly, the voting process will be conducted by the union at all MSRTC depots on May 26 and 27 in entire Maharashtra. Thereafter decision to go on strike will be implemented. Considering this government should implement 7th pay commission to MSRTC workers, merge workers in state government and provide 25% interim hike till implementation of the commission, demanded the union.

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