Most buses under the state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) are likely to stay off roads on Monday, with contractual employees of the corporation planning to go ahead with their strike despite the Delhi government imposing 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. The government, on its part, said it has restored the minimum wage rates prevailing before August 4, 2018 and also issued directions to ensure that the accounts of the employees are credited with the amounts deducted since August 4, when the Delhi HC had struck down the AAP government’s notification on increased minimum wages.
Manoj Sharma, working president of DTC employees union, said they will keep agitating till all their demands are met. “Imposing ESMA is a ploy by the ruling AAP Government of Delhi and the BJP to malign and mislead the struggle of DTC workers,” Abhishek, General secretary of AICCTU which is supporting the strike, said.
Commuters in Delhi had a tough time last Monday also as a large number of cabs running under Ola and Uber had gone off roads as part of a day-long strike.