Bombay HC pulls up MSRTC Workers Union for strike on Diwali

Buses MSRTC Workers Union Bombay HIgh Court

Shivani Gadhavi – 

Published on: November 05, 2021 at 12:11 IST

The Bombay High Court warned the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC)  Workers Union Leader Ajaykumar Gujjar and ordered him to be present in the Court on the 5th of November  for going forward with a strike regardless of the Court’s Order prohibiting the same. 

A Bench of Justices S.J. Kathawalla and S.P. Tavade passed an Order on 3rd November to prevent the employees of the MSRTC from going ahead with an illegal strike; stating, “Keeping in mind the immense hardship and inconvenience that will be caused to the members of the public who have fixed their travel plans through MSRTC buses during the festive days, we direct the Respondents i.e., all the employees of the MSRTC to refrain from proceeding with the proposed rally/strike/stoppage of work from midnight of November 3 and/or thereafter, until further orders.” 

Only Ajaykumar Gujjar’s Union went ahead with the strike, all the other Unions called it off.

The industrial Court on the 29th of October had passed an Order prohibiting the Maharashtra State Transport Kamgar Sangathan and 26 other Unions of the employees from going on an illegal strike.

Despite the Industrial Court’s Order, the Worker’s Union sent a notice to the State Transport Body directing that they would call off the aforementioned strike if the Transport Body gave them a written assurance that its workers would be included as employees of the state government.  

The MSRTC claimed that this notice was an attempt to blackmail the transport body, so it moved to the Bombay High Court as there was insufficient time to approach the Industrial Court, whose Order was being breached.

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