Most buses under the state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will stay off roads on Monday as contractual employees of the corporation are observing a strike for want of better wages. The protest comes despite the Delhi government invoking the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), prohibiting them from agitating for the next six months.
The proposed chakka jam, demanding higher minimum wages and the implementation of same work same pay policy, has been supported by as many as 11 employees unions. “All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) condemns Delhi Government’s decision to impose ESMA on agitating workers of Delhi Transport Corporation. It is a ploy by the ruling AAP Government of Delhi and BJP to malign and mislead the struggle of DTC workers.
AICCTU and its affiliated union – DTC Workers Unity Centre stand firm with their call for one day strike on 29th October, 2018. The union would further advise the Delhi Government to not engage in any clampdown on workers like its counterpart BJP government in Haryana,” the union’s General Secretary Abhishek had earlier said in a press statement.
“All central trade unions (AICCTU, AITUC, AIUTUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, TUCC, SEWA, LPF, UTUC, MEC) except BMS has supported the DTC workers ongoing movement. They will also observe and join the One Day strike on 29th October,” he added. Read More