BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): The Bangalore Metro Rail Employees Union (BMREU) has filed a case against Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited management at the Central Government Industrial Tribunal cum Labour Court in Goraguntepalya on Thursday charging of partial non-payment of promised dues.
It was a major fight related to payment between the employees and the management that resulted in the Union calling for an indefinite strike call last year. The strike that was supposed to begin from March 22, 2018, was stalled when the High Court and the Industrial Tribunal intervened.
“We approached the Tribunal on Thursday and filed a claim statement on behalf of the employees. The Third Pay Commission’s recommendations have not been fully implemented by the management. As a result of this, employees who are to get an additional income ranging between `4,500 and `15,000, have not got them.” Said Suryanarayana Murthy, VP, BMREU.
The third yay commission proposed perks for Metro Corporations across the country, Under various categories, The hikes proposed including uniform allowance and shift allowance, has to be 31.5 percent of the basic pay, Murthy pointed out.
“Bangalore Metro employees have only been paid 20 percent as the perk amount. The fitment to be paid has only been hiked by 7.5 percent instead of 15 percent,” he said. Fitment refers to the amount added to the salary by calculating 15 percent of the amount on the basic salary and DA, which would be the basis for the salary structure for next year.
“Even these increments need to be implemented retrospectively from January 1, 2017, but they have only been done from January 1 this year,” Murthy said. The Union represents nearly 1,300 permanent employees, Murthy added. BMRCL Managing Director Ajay Seth did not comment on the issue. The Tribunal has asked BMRCL to give its response in the next hearing scheduled for July 17.
BMRCL’s losses reach Rs. 462 cr for FY 2018-19
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited has incurred accounting losses worth Rs 462 crore for the financial year 2018-2019, an increase from Rs. 352 crore reported the previous year. Accounting losses take depreciation of assets held by the corporation into consideration. The financial results for the year were placed before the Board meeting held on Thursday.
The statement showed an operational revenue of Rs. 404 crore and an income of Rs. 134 crore earned from non-revenue operations. It showed expenses of D9.82 crore toward employee benefits, up from D7.96 crore the previous financial year. Managing Director BMRCL Ajay Seth said, “Overall loss for 2018-2019 stands at around D26 crore. It is a decrease from last year.”