ST employees to go on strike ahead of Diwali


Nashik : With the festival of Diwali round the corner, employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) have decided to go on a strike from October 17 for their various demands including pay scale as per the 7th pay commission, seniority based promotion, salary fixation and various allowances.

Maharashtra ST Workers’ Congress, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Maharashtra ST Employees’ Association, Maharashtra Motor Employees’ Federation, Kanisht (junior) Karmachari Sanghatana, and Vidarbhawadi (pro-Vidarbha) Maharashtra ST Union are among the major state transport unions joining the strike.

The decision was taken unanimously in a state executive meet of the INTUC held here in Nashik. “Today, pressure is mounting on the ST worker due to various adverse factors like privatisation move, less salary, pending labour agreement. The reluctance on the part of the state transport minister is also adding fuel to the fire,” said INTUC president Jaiprakash Chhajed.

The decision to go on a strike was unanimously supported by union leaders Bandopant Wadkar, Shailesh Bharati, Shrikant Shaddu, D P Bansode among others.