New Delhi: It is good news for Delhi metro commuters that the big trouble is now hold for some days. After the interference of Delhi High Court, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Employees Union (DMRCEU) and the Staff Council have postponed their strike (total shutdown plan) for later but they are on partial strike which was started from 19 June. On 29 June High Court has given a huge relief to the Delhi-NCR residents, have stop from thousands of employees of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) who were on strike. Employees had scheduled to go on strike at midnight after talks were negotiated by both sides. After the talks between DMRC and employees failed on Friday, about 9,000 non-executive employees were threatening to go on strike from Saturday, due to the strike, Metro services might have shut down and millions of people might faced inconvenience.
Secretary Staff Council has also written a letter to Chief Minister Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, employees have asked his cooperation in an ongoing strike and waiting for the response. And he has instructed to another ministry to take a genuine decision in this regard.
Whereas all genuine demands of Metro employees shud be met, strike wud cause inconvenience to lakhs of people. Strike shud not take place. Whereas govt imposing ESMA as last resort, I wud urge employees to not resort to strike. https://t.co/kbWtkUZvCL
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 29, 2018
Have called an urgent meeting of Metro officers to discuss the demands of employees.. Also file related to ESMA being sent for concurrence of Hon LG.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 29, 2018
Honble High Court has restrained DMRC employees from going on strike on 30.06.18. Delhi Govt is of the view that all genuine demands of the employees should be accepted. Delhi Govt is equally committed to ensure smooth functioning of DMRC and if needed ESMA wuld have been invoked
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) June 29, 2018
The Delhi High Court questioned to provide justification for the strike. Justice Vipin Sanghi passed an interim order after a quick hearing and said that the proposed action of the first metro staff did not seem right or legal. DMRC provides services to about 2.5 million passengers per day. For this, he has not been given adequate notice and the compromise process is still going on.
On the other hand, in view of the strike, DMRC filed an urgent petition, which was placed before the Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal for hearing. He sent it to Justice Sanghi for hearing. Justice Sanghi said in his 5-page order, “I am willing to provide interim relief according to the demand of the application. Accordingly, the defendants (employees) are prevented from going on strike on June 30 or till further order in the case. Court to adjourn on next hearing on July 6
Earlier, non-executive employees of the Metro had threatened to go on strike from June 30 because demands like salary increases were not fulfilled by DMRC.
About 12,000 people are employed in DMRC, which has about 9 thousand non-executive employees. Some non-executive employees of went on strike by June 19, 2018, at some metro stations including Yamuna Bank and Shahdara in support of their eight point demand
Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has directed the Managing Director of DMRC that the demands of non-executive employees should be resolved immediately.
Gehlot said in a letter to the Managing Director, “The dispute should be resolved as soon as possible so that the services of the Metro must not interrupt. If Metro services are interrupted, then millions of passengers will have to face problems.”
All these employees play an important role in running the Delhi Metro network. Without Employees cooperation it would not be easy to extend DMRC network in such vast network. So its responsibility of DMRC to resolve on going disputes.