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CM Fadnavis speaks to Uddhav Thackrey over Mumbai BEST bus strike

Over 32,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking are on strike since Tuesday last week and 3200-odd buses in its fleet are off the roads

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Mumbai: Striking workers have been demanding merger of BMC and BEST budgets, as well as, salary hike. (Photo: @ANI)

Minister Devendra Monday intervened in the bus strike in and spoke to to find a solution.

Over 32,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) are on strike since Tuesday last week and 3200-odd buses in its fleet are off the roads.

The telephonic conservation between and Thackeray took place after a meeting Monday in Mantralaya between striking union functionaries and state D K Jain failed to break the deadlock.

The details of the telephonic conservations between and Thackeray were not immediately known.

The has been unable to end the strike despite its affiliated union, the Kamgar Sena, announcing a pullout a day into the strike.

The Sena is also the ruling party in the and its corporator is the BEST

Striking workers have been demanding the merger of the BMC and BEST budgets as well as higher salaries among other issues.

Late Sunday evening, Thackeray had said that his party was in favour of merging the BMC and BEST budgets.

"The financial condition of the BEST has deteriorated. I had given the promise of merger of the budgets and that will be fulfilled. A solution can be found only through the talks. Even though the BEST strike issue is in the court, I am ready to be part of the discussion if necessary," Thackeray had said.

 

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 12:50 IST
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