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DTC protest: Delhi Govt invokes ESMA, prohibits contractual employees from agitating for next 6 months

The unions have been demanding that the DTC withdraw a circular reducing the wages of contract workers.

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi |
Updated: October 27, 2018 8:23:30 pm
DTC agitation: Delhi Govt invokes ESMA, delhi bus strike, delhi dtc buses The unions have been demanding that the DTC withdraw a circular reducing the wages of contract workers. (Representational Image)

Ahead of the October 29 strike called by eleven unions representing contractual employees of the DTC, the Delhi government Saturday imposed the Essential Service Maintenance Act (ESMA), prohibiting them from agitating for next six months. However, the DTC Workers Unity Centre, at the forefront of the agitation, asserted they are going ahead with the strike. The unions have been demanding that the DTC withdraw a circular reducing the wages of contract workers.The other demands include “Same Pay for Same Work” for all contractual workers, expansion of DTC’s fleet of buses and stopping privatization of public transport through rampant outsourcing of work, the forum said in a statement.

“Over 5O per cent of DTC employees are contract workers. The government is neither regularising contract workers nor are they following the Supreme Court judgments or the Contract Labour Act, Central Rules, 1971, which have clearly established the principle of Same Pay for Same Work,” Rajesh, General Secretary of DTC Workers Unity Centre (AICCTU), said.

Meanwhile, the government notification on ESMA, in Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s name, said the “unauthorised strike” since October 22 has caused inconvenience and hardship to the general public.

“Therefore, all the employees including the Contractual employees are hereby directed to report to their units/depot for duty failing which strict action will be taken against them as per contractual terms and conditions,” an official statement said.

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However, the agitating forum alleged that the government was trying to mislead as they have not been striking work. Unions including INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AITUC are supporting the strike.

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