Strike by BEST workers continues in Mumbai

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 12 January 2019

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) employees’ strike entered its fourth day, leaving Mumbaikars in the lurch. No solution for the strike has been offered by the civic body or the State government. 

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) employees’ strike entered its fourth day, leaving Mumbaikars in the lurch. No solution for the strike has been offered by the civic body or the State government. 

Now, Mumbaikars have to face more inconvenience as BEST engineers and BMC employees are going to join the strike to support BEST employees. 

About 19 lakh employees from Mumbai Port Trust and other establishments supported the strike.  
On Friday, the Bombay High Court asked the State government to intervene in the strike to provide relief to Mumbaikars. 

After the High Court’s directive, Chief Secretary Dineshkumar Jain is going to meet BEST General Manager Dr Surendra Kumar Bagade.

However, the BEST Action Committee announced that it will not withdraw the strike until their demands are met. 

Due to the strike, lakhs of Mumbaikars are facing inconvenience. The woes may extend further as BMC workers are also going to participate in the strike from Saturday.

In the last four days, BEST has suffered more than Rs 9 crore revenue loss, while the commuters have paid more than Rs 6 crore to taxi and autorickshaws as high tariff.

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party controls the BMC, the parent body of BEST, on Thursday held several rounds of talks with BEST union leaders in the presence of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and BEST General Manager Dr Bagade but could not break the deadlock.

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