Despite an appeal from the top BMC officials and an order from the industrial court refraining civic employees from going on strike,the Sharad Rao-led Municipal Mazdoor Union announced on Sunday that they will go ahead with their indefinite strike starting Monday night if their demands are not met before their mega rally on Monday.
Rao said they had lost faith in Municipal Commissioner Subodh Kumar and will have further negotiations only in the presence of Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
Services such as water supply,health,Fire Brigade and conservancy are likely to be affected. Since 30,000 contractors will also join the stir with 1.27 lakh civic staffers,work on infrastructure projects is also likely to be affected.
The proposed strike,protesting against the non-implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission,among other things,has been deferred several times over the past few months. Rao said despite repeated assurance from Kumar on August 9,nothing was done. All IAS officers within the BMC are paid as per the Sixth Pay Commission,then why not all of us? Unless there is an intervention by Pawar or Thackeray,well not stop employees from going on strike, he said.
Additional Municipal Commissioner (General Administration) Mohan Adtani said: We have a meeting with them on Monday. I hope they show up and have a discussion, he said.
State home guards,civil defence labourers and NGO workers will be pressed into action if the negotiations fail on Monday,BMC officials said. Home guards will ensure water supply is not affected.