Pune: Following the sacking of 158 Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) employees at one go, members of the workers’ union gathered in front of the PMPML headquarters to protest against PMPML Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Tukaram Mundhe on Monday. However, they were not allowed to protest.
On Saturday, Mundhe issued dismissal notices to 158 employees. The letters to the effect were given to 122 on Monday morning. The decision was taken after examining the attendance of these employees.
“We are against the decision of the authorities. They cannot dismiss 158 employees at a time. First, they have to issue notices to them. Then, if found involved in irregularities, they can take action. When we planned to protest this action, they stopped us. They cannot suppress our voice,” said Rajendra Kharade, President, PMPML workers’ union.
Meanwhile, PMPML Public Relations Officer Subhash Gaikwad said the action has been taken as per the rules. “The action was taken against drivers and not conductors or any other depot staff. They were working as daily wagers. They have not maintained their attendance and hence the action was taken,” Gaikwad said.
After joining as CMD, Mundhe has dismissed 200 employees, including drivers, a traffic manager and a depot manager. The highest number of drivers have been sacked from Hadapsar (28) followed by Kothrud (21) and Pimpri (21). The authority has dismissed 18 drivers from Narveer Tanajiwadi Depot as well.
According to sources, 377 more employees are under the scanner. They have either been staying away from work or not following instructions of their seniors, etc. They are likely to be sacked within a month. Five senior officers at different depots are also on the radar.
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