Monorail employees threatening to go on a strike
At the outset, it was only BEST’s strike that was causing hassle to commuters, but now, the employees of Mumbai monorail are planning to support the BEST employees and threatened to go on a strike if Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) fails to clarify its stance on their demands.
Employees have written a letter to Metropolitan Commissioner and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, threatening to go on a strike if their demands are not met by January 10. The employees have demanded their salaries to be paid on time and have sought clarity on increments, gratuity, medical insurance, leaves and compensatory offs.
According to R A Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, they will be paid and no one will remain unpaid. He said that they need not go on a strike. In December 2018, MMRDA terminated its contract with LTSE (a consortium of L&T and Scomi Engineering) over contractual failures.
However, MMRDA took over the operations by including the same employees working for the contractor. The MMRDA had said that it would employ a third party contractor to acquire 198 employees but the employees stated that they were not informed about the benefits or liabilities of this contract.
The letter stated, “MMRDA (has) failed to provide a clear picture of the future of Monorail employees if they continue to support the project. We are only being given baseless hopes of being inducted into MMOCL.”
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across State-Across Mumbai News)
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