The High Court has issued order to the striking employees/workers of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) to resume their duties till April 22. Referring to the order, Adv Anil Parab, Transport Minister, who is also Chairman of the corporation, has appealed them to join their duties and do not put passengers in hardships anymore.
The employees have been on indefinite strike for the last overt five months to press their demand to merge MSRTC with the government. However, the government has already made it clear to the employees that merger is not possible but the employees have taken adamant stand to stick to their demand.
Adv Parab pointed out that the corporation had neither made any effort to terminate the service of any of the employees nor kept PF, gratuity or other amounts pending. He addressed a press conference in the Mantralaya, Mumbai, after the High Court issuing the order on April 7.
He clarified that the corporation would not take any stern action against the employees if they joined this date. However, the corporation would be constrained to take suitable action if they failed to follow the court order. He lamented that the senio citizens, students, office-goers and others suffered lot of hardships due to ST strike for such a long time and appealed them to join the duties.