Mumbai: There seems to be no end to woes of lakhs of commuters in Mumbai as an indefinite strike by employees of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) will continue on Friday as well. Also Read - Why is Mumbai's Juhu Beach Glowing Blue at Night? People Are Amazed to Witness This Stunning Phenomenon
The talks between Union leaders and officials including, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray failed to yield any result on Thursday, resulting in the extension of the strike. Also Read - Urmila Matondkar to Join Shiv Sena on Tuesday, Year After Quitting Congress
“They have not given any proposals/offers to fulfil our demands. Since workers’ problems have been ignored and they have not provided any solution to redress their grievances, we are continuing with the strike,” a leading daily quoted BEST workers Union President Shashank Roa as saying. Also Read - Churches in Mumbai to Restart Sunday Mass For Public From November 29 With COVID-19 Protocols
The Bombay High Court issued notices on Thursday to the Maharashtra government, BMC and the BEST Workers’ Union over a PIL against the ongoing strike of employees of the civic bus service.
A bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar posted the matter for a further hearing on Friday.
Thousands of workers of the BEST, the civic transport undertaking, are on strike since Tuesday for various demands, including salary hike.
The public interest litigation filed by lawyer Datta Mane urged the court to pass interim orders directing BEST workers to call off the strike immediately.
The petitioner also urged the court to direct the state authorities to constitute a committee to look into BEST workers’ demands.