The four day long strike of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) ended on Friday evening as the Bombay High Court directed them to return to work. Commuters had been facing seriuos hassles due to this strike even as talks with stakeholdres failed to arrive at any consensus. It need be recalled that more than a lakh of the employees of the MSRTC went on an indefinite strike on October 17. Amongst their prominent demands included salary hike in accordance with the recommendations of the VII Pay Commission.
In a late evening order, Justice SK Shinde also directed the committee, set up by the state government to look into the employees’ issues, to submit its interim report by November 15 and the final report on December 21.
The court was hearing two PILs, including one filed by city resident Jayant Satam, seeking that the strike be declared illegal and the staff be asked to resume work. “The strike is illegal and they (MSRTC staff) are directed to resume work with immediate effect,” the court said.
“The government cannot remain a mute spectator on the strike. This is affecting the public at large, especially during the festive season,” it added.
The court was informed that a committee had been set up to resolve the issue.
Noting that the government and the MSRTC needed to sit together to resolve the issue, the court posted the petitions for further hearing to January 10.