BEST workers to go on strike today

Mumbai likely to face BEST's strike on 'Raksha Bandhan'

The state government has threatened to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act, 2011, against the striking employees. He further added, "We have appealed to them, saying that Monday is not only Raksha Bandhan, but even more importantly it will be BEST's anniversary". We want assurance from BMC that it will look into all our demands. BEST employees should get all the facilities that a BMC employee gets.

Mr Mahadeshwar asked, "How can we induct them into the BMC in one day?" The BEST employees and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have been at the loggerheads for the past few days over several issues, including irregular payment of salary, the issue which has been plaguing the Corporation and its workers.

Hectic efforts are underway with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray attempting to resolve the issue.

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He said the BEST administration has also assured the workers of looking into their demands in a step-by-step manner.

Mumbai: Despite various negotiation meetings between all the involved parties, the BEST unions will go ahead with their proposed strike from Sunday midnight.

There are over 35,000 employees working in the transport section of the BEST. General Manager, Surendrakumar Bagde, told English daily Times of India that they agreed to pay salaries by the 10th of every month. He also said that BMC, which governs the civic transport and electricity provider public body, must give an undertaking that the workers will receive their salaries on time, media reported. "We have taken this decision irrespective of the financial crisis BEST is facing". Available on Android and IOS.

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