Even as the survival of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking is at stake owing to its poor financial state, labour unions that are on strike since Monday midnight want salary of around 14,000 junior grade workers to be revised, besides the interim pay hike for all employees.
This demand of the BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), the joint action committee of labour unions in the undertaking, is the main reason behind the current stalemate. The debt-ridden BEST management is hesitant to accept the labour union’s demand, as it will put an estimated burden of Rs 900-crore on the cash-strapped undertaking.
BEST is the second largest mode of public transport in the city, which ferries around 29 lakh passengers daily, with its fleet of 3337 buses. It has a workforce of more than 35,000 employees. Read More
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