The government is contemplating to take action against the striking employees of the State Transport Corporation under the Mesma Act (Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act). For this, Transport Minister Anil Parab is taking legal advice. Employees working in essential services will not be able to go on strike after the installation of Mesma.
To end the strike of the employees, Transport Minister Parab held a meeting at the headquarters of ST Mahamandal on Friday. After the meeting, Parab said that a written order has been given for the decision to increase the wages of the employees. They will get increased salary. As for the merger of ST Mahamandal in the state government, a committee has been formed on the orders of the Bombay High Court to study it. The merger will take place only after the report of the committee is received.
CM and Deputy CM will take advice
Transport Minister Parab said that since the state transport bus service comes under urgent services, action can be taken against the striking ST employees under the MESMA Act. Legal advice is being taken for this. A decision in this regard will be taken soon after discussing with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Parab said that till now the suspension of suspended ST employees will not be withdrawn. The suspension of the employees will not be canceled immediately even after the strike is over. He said that if anyone tried to stop the ST employees coming to the workplace to render service, strict action would be taken against them from Saturday.
Employees are confused
On Friday, 73,438 employees of ST Mahamandal joined the strike, while 18,828 employees worked. During the day, 1331 buses hit the road. Transport Minister Parab said that various types of rumors are being spread among the ST employees involved in the strike. Such an illusion is being spread that if the strike continues for 60 days, then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will have to resign, but I want to clearly tell the ST employees that there is no such law. That’s why employees don’t believe in rumours. It would be better for them to return to work as soon as possible, so that the problems of the people can be ended.