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MSRTC strike illegal, demands not justified, says Transport Minister

MSRTC strike illegal, demands not justified, says Transport Minister”

Bus services were badly affected in the eight districts of the Marathwada region on Tuesday morning after the State Transport Union workers called a statewide indefinite strike on Monday midnight, pressing for implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote has said that all court including labour court and Industrial court has held this strike as illegal.

Undertaking also threatening to strike work on October 21 (Saturday), commuters are staring at a tough time during festival time.

The state-run corporation termed the strike as "illegal". He said that he agrees to their demand of a salary hike, but the government is in no situation to fulfill their demands. Our salary was on par with the state government employees before 1995.

"If our demands are met, we are ready to end our strike right now", Shinde said.

More than 65 lakh passengers travel by ST buses across the state every day.

Summary: He even alleged that the MSRTC employees were hand-in-glove with private bus operators.

In the absence of states buses, few took the trains to travel.

The strike amid the festive season of Diwali has left thousands of passengers stranded at various bus stations across the state. If BEST employees' issue is not resolved, lakhs of people will be face problems on Bhaubeej, which will be celebrated on Saturday.



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