Now, monorail employees are threatening to go on a strike

Monorail employees have demanded salaries on time and have sought clarity on increments, gratuity. They have threatened to go on a strike if their demands are not met by January 10

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Initially, it was only BEST’s strike that was causing inconvenience to commuters, now, the employees of Mumbai monorail are planning to join the bandwagon. They have threatened to go on a strike if Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) fails to clarify its stance on their demands.

Employees have written a letter to Metropolitan Commissioner and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, threatening to go on a strike if their demands are not met by January 10. The employees have demanded their salaries to be paid on time and have sought clarity on increments, gratuity, medical insurance, leaves and compensatory offs.

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R A Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, said that they will be paid and no one will remain unpaid. He said that they need not go on a strike. In December 2018, MMRDA terminated its contract with LTSE (a consortium of L&T and Scomi Engineering) over contractual failures.

However, MMRDA took over the operations by including the same employees working for the contractor. The MMRDA had said that it would employ a third party contractor to acquire 198 employees but the employees stated that they were not informed about the benefits or liabilities of this contract. 

The letter stated, “MMRDA (has) failed to provide a clear picture of the future of Monorail employees if they continue to support the project. We are only being given baseless hopes of being inducted into MMOCL.”

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