New Delhi: Over 3500 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses will go off the roads today. Contractual employees – drivers and conductors – of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will go on a one-day strike on Monday.

The DTC Workers Unity Centre has served the notice for the October 29 strike, which is being supported by other trade unions in DTC such as the DTC Workers Union (affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and the DTC Employees Congress (affiliated to Indian National Trade Union Congress’s (INTUC)).

AICCTU Secretary Abhishek said, “Around 12,000 contract workers are overworked.”

The move came after Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to prohibit contractual DTC workers from going on strike, according to an official statement on Saturday.

The contractual employees had begun their strike earlier this week over various demands, including restoring their wages reduced by DTC after a court order. The L-G has declared DTC services as essential and has prohibited the strike by contractual employees, the corporation said in the statement.

The ESMA will be in force for six months. Manoj Sharma, the president of DTC Contractual Workers Union, however, asserted that the strike would continue indefinitely. “Many cops are here, and they might detain us to end the strike, he said.