18 ST employees from Pune were also sacked
Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has sacked 1,148 temporary employees, who were allegedly involved in the strike on June 8 and 9. However, MSRTC officials said they did not work for 180 days as per the service terms and hence they were dismissed.
When contacted, the MSRTC spokesperson denied any link between the action and the strike. Those terminated from service were temporary employees and were working as drivers and conductors. They did not work for 180 days as per the service rules and hence the service was terminated.
Now, the MSRTC will recruit new drivers and conductors who were on the waiting list.
The workers’ unions have condemned the action taken by the ST management and made a strong demand for reinstating the sacked workers. In Pune, 18 employees have been dismissed.
Mainly drivers were involved in the strike demanding a hike in the salary. The strike across the State had paralysed the transport service and forced passengers to cancel their trips or choose other modes of transport such as railways or private transport buses. The strike was not directly supported by the workers’ unions.
After the intervention of State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, the strike was called off.
Yamini Joshi, Divisional Controller of Pune, said, “ST operations will not be affected in any way.”
During the two-day strike, 93 buses were damaged, including 19 Shivshahi buses and the State Transport faced the revenue loss of Rs 33 crore.