BEST bus strike cripples Mumbai

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Mumbai: Commuters in the metropolitan city Mumbai are facing a harrowing time as the BEST bus strike entered the ninth day on Wednesday.

A report said the workers’ union has rejected the management’s ’10-step increment’ proposal to end the stalemate.

The Bombay High Court is hearing the case related to the strike. This is the longest such protest in the history of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST).

Over 32,000 employees have been on strike since January 8 over their various demands.

Their demands, among other things, include pay hike, revision of pay grade for junior level employees and merger of loss-making BEST’s budget with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The court has directed the BEST workers’ union to take a final decision on the withdrawal of its ongoing strike on Wednesday.

The direction of the court came after the BEST told the court that it was willing to implement the measures suggested by the state government.

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