Maharashtra Transport Strike: Lakhs of Passengers Affected, Workers Demand 25% Pay Hike

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"Due to the strike by State Transport staffers, official permission has been granted for all types of (private) buses (like school and company vehicles) to ferry passengers from ST depots", Parveen Gedam, Transport Commission of Maharashtra, told PTI.

Thousands of passengers are going to face hardship in traveling to their home town on the eve of Diwali as the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees have made a decision to go on a strike on the demand of salary hike. The MSRTC has, however, chose to refund money to those who had already reserved tickets during this period.

The strike, just two days before Diwali, has affected people travelling for the festival. "The government agreed to give only a part of interim hike which is not acceptable to us", Sandeep Shinde, president of the Maharashtra ST Workers' Union, said, adding, "If our demands are met, we are ready to end our strike right now".

He added that the government has sympathy with the state transport employees but accepting their demands for salary as per 7th Pay commission is not possible.

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According to the petitions, almost 65 lakh people travel by state transport buses on a daily basis. The indefinite strike declared by employees of the country's largest public transport undertaking, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), entered its second day on Wednesday.

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

Maharashtra State transport workers called for an indefinite strike at midnight on Monday and have refused to call it off till they are paid better salaries.

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