While striking contract workers of the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) are planning to take out a peace march on Sunday from Gandhi Ashram to Income Tax Circle on Sunday morning, the AMTS management has issued notice to them to report for duty within 48 hours. Around 1,600 contract workers are on a strike since September 26 to press for pay parity with regular staff and regularisation of services.
Deputy municipal commissioner and transport manager Arjav Shah said the case of the contract workers was pending before the court. “We are running 700 out of our fleet of 800 buses with help of our regular staff even as the strike has entered sixth day today. It has not affected the bus service and as of now 85 per cent of the service has shown no impact,” he said.
“We have stopped giving work to 63 contractual staff,” said a senior AMTS official. He said a contract worker draws
Rs 320 per day as remuneration but they are demanding full pay on par with regular staff, that is, Rs 20,000 per month, he said, adding, “if they come back to join work, they are welcome to do so but we are managing well with our available staff.”
Amrish Patel, general secretary of Gujarat Mazdoor Sabha which is leading the strike, said, “The notice will not prevent our strike and we will not surrender before the authorities.”