Aurangabad: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) strike continues as a meeting to settle workers' issues has not been initiated by the government yet.
Hanumant Tate, leader of Maharashtra State Transport Kamgar Sanghtana, said, "We have not been invited by anybody from the government for any meeting yet and we will continue our strike till our issues doesn’t get resolved."
Over 1.02 lakh MSRTC employees have been on an indefinite strike from the midnight of October 16 over their demand of a salary hike as per the 7th Pay Commission report. The strike, which entered its third day on Thursday, has caused inconvenience to thousands of commuters across the State during the festive season.
The statewide indefinite strike of the one lakh MSRTC employees had begun on the midnight of October 16.
The indefinite strike has caused great inconvenience for the passengers.
MSRTC one of the largest transport mode across the country. One of the striking employees, Eknath Wakchaure, died during the protest at Akole, in Ahmednagar district, escalating the tension.
Wednesday evening, the talks between the trade union leaders and the state governments failed as the employees remained adamant.
Meanwhile, the state Home Ministry has directed the RTO to allot permits to all private tour operators so that the passengers did not have inconvenience.
More than 4000 buses in all the eight disticts of Marathwada -- Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Osmanabad, Nanded, Hingoli, Parbhani and Latur --remained parked in the depots under heavy police security.
Aurangabad Railway Station is witnessing heavy rush of passengers due to MSRTC strike.