No relief to striking MSRTC employees

Mumbai, April 6 : The Bombay High Court on Wednesday instructed the striking employees of MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) that the state government was free to take action as per the law if they did not resume work by April 15. However, if the workers are ready to end the strike and return to work, then let them return without fear of action, the court said during the hearing. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Makrand Karnik directed MSRTC “not to take any action against the striking employees if they return to work.” After the state government refused to merge MSRTC with the state government, the employees had turned their attention to the high court. However, with the high court’s today’s instruction, the employees are once again disappointed. Notably, the employees went on strike on October 28, 2021. Despite wage hike and repeated ultimatums by the state government, the striking employees did not budge and continued with their stir in support of their demand of merger. The court will hear the issue tomorrow (Thursday). VKB SS GK

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