Delhi Metro Services May Be Affected As 9,000 Workers Threaten Strike On June 30

| June 29 , 2018 , 10:54 IST

The nearly 9,000 non-executive staff members of the Delhi Metro have threatened to go on strike on Saturday if their demands are not met by then. The non-executive staff includes train operators, station controllers, operations and maintenance staff and technicians.

The call for protests was given by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Staff Council, demanding payscale revision, modification of DMRC Staff Council as an employees union, and proper guidelines for firing of an employee and that too in extreme conditions.

Protests have been taking place since June 19 with non-executive staff members of the DMRC conducting demonstrations at metro stations such as Yamuna Bank and Shahdara. The demands have also been sent to Delhi Metro authorities and Union Urban Affairs Ministry, the council said.

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"Our first demand is that that the DMRC Staff Council be changed to a DMRC employees union as the council is not a constitutional body and so, it does not have any teeth," said the council's secretary, Ravi Bhardwaj.

"Other demands include implementation of our Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) as per the 3rd pay revision scale," he said.

Bhardwaj said that on the first day of protests, the employees wore black armbands.

"Subsequently, when the DMRC did not take cognisance of our demands, we went on symbolic hunger strike, when many of our members did not consume food while on duty and demonstrated by sitting on platforms," he added.

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"If our demands are not met by June 29, we will go on complete hunger strike and work in that condition, and drivers will drive trains in that condition. And, if anything happens to our members or to commuters then the DMRC shall be responsible for it," Bhardwaj said.

"Even then if our voices are not heard by DMRC authorities, we will completely stop work from June 30," he claimed.

A senior DMRC official quoted by NDTV admitted there was a possibility of the Delhi Metro services shutting down.

"There is a possibility of services shutting down if no agreement is reached, but we are hopeful of reaching a resolution," said the official.