BEST Strike: Bombay HC directs union to withdraw strike in one-hour

With the ongoing BEST strike, almost 25 lakh passengers were affected in Mumbai. The BEST workers strike has entered ninth day

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As Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) strike enters the ninth day, Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed BEST Workers Union to end their strike in one hour. BEST employees are on strike since January 7 midnight.

Earlier on Tuesday, the high court told the BEST union to finally take a decision on the ongoing strike. BEST administration also informed the court that they are open to implementing the 10-step increment in pay. The BEST administration had further declared that the offer stands if the strike ends on Tuesday evening. 

However, BEST workers union rejected the offer made by BEST management in order to redress grievances. The move made by BEST administration was suggested by the high-level committee appointed by Maharashtra government to resolve the issue.

Almost 32,000 BEST employees performed walkout from their services pressing their demands against the BEST administration and Mumbai’s civic body. Amid the strike, 3,700 BEST buses remain absent from the road.

Also Read - BEST Strike Enters Day 8; Bombay HC To Hear Petition

The strike agitated after Maharashtra government issued Maharashtra Essential Services Management Act (MESMA) against 300 employees and told 2,000 workers to empty their houses. 

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