BEST Strike: Bombay HC slams workers, will hear the matter in the afternoon

Bombay HC told the BEST union that they have failed to initiate talks with the administration and are not willing to end the strike causing trouble to public

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Bombay High Court on Monday slammed the BEST union and workers for the trouble caused to the public due to the ongoing strike since January 7 midnight. The strike has entered its seventh day with no possibility of it coming to an end. 

While hearing the petition against the BEST strike, Bombay HC said that the strike still continued after Maharashtra government formed a high-level committee. The court expressed its displeasure saying that the union has violated its order by not negotiating appropriately. 

However, the BEST union informed the court that they were forced to be on a strike as the establishment is refusing to fulfil their demands. BEST workers are demanding to merge their budget with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Moreover, they are also demanding more wages among other demands. 

The court on Monday adjourned the hearing till 3:00 PM due to the absence of advocate general. During the hearing, the Bombay HC asked the union, “What do you actually want? You are not ready to talk with the administration and you are not willing to put an end to the strike too. Moreover, you are not considering the plight of the commuters.” 

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Earlier this day, no results or negotiations were derived after the meeting at Mantralaya between BEST workers and the concerned authorities. 

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