New Delhi, June 28: With its 9,000-odd non-executive staff threatening strike, Delhi Metro might face a shutdown of services from June 30, this Saturday, said media reports on Thursday.  Reports said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) non-executive employees have been taking part in sit-ins at different Metro stations, wearing black armbands, since June 19. (Also read: Delhi Metro Phase IV Gets Approval)Also Read - Metro Services Affected on Red Line Section Due to Technical Issues | Check Details Here

The non-executive workforce comprises train operators, station controllers, technicians, operations staff and maintenance staff. At Yamuna Bank Metro station, DMRC staff council secretary Ravi Bhardvaz told The Hindu, “We want our union to be recognised by the DMRC, else its purpose will stand defeated. Further, we want implementation of agreements pertaining to pay revision. This should be done immediately after a discussion with the representatives and not arbitrarily.” (Also read: Delhi Metro’s Mundka-Bahadurgarh Corridor Opens) Also Read - West Bengal Bandh Today: Petroleum Dealers Calls For No Purchase, No Sale Agitation

Bharadvaz said there was an agreement between the employees and the DMRC. He said, “As per the DMRC rules which prevailed so far, each and every employee of the organisation is promoted to the next grade after completion of five years in one grade. However, since 2017, there is no consistency maintained during the upgrade of scales and employees are stuck in one grade for 10 years….it cannot be justified.” Also Read - DMRC Introduces Separate Toilets For Transgenders at Delhi Metro Stations

“If there is no mandated schedule A pay scales for non-executive staff, then why was it previously agreed upon and promised by the DMRC? Such unwarranted word-twisting games must not be played with the staff, which is neither in the interest of employees nor the organisation,” he said. Responding to the call for strike, a DMRC official said to the daily, “There are some HR issues involved, which we hope will be resolved soon.”