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BMC workers to go on mass leave, Mumbai for a toss

Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai | August 10, 2004 17:15 IST
Last Updated: August 11, 2004 02:11 IST

Nearly 180,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation intend to bring Mumbai to a halt by taking three days mass casual leave from Wednesday protesting against a possible reduction in their dearness allowance.

Maharashtra Mazdoor Union leader Sharad Rao is spearheading the move, which is likely to affect essential services in Mumbai, including BEST buses, municipal-run hospitals, schools and buses run by the civic body. However,Rao made it clear that the employees are not going on a strike (because it is illegal) but are only taking casual leave en masse to voice their protest.

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"Our workers worked round the clock when rain waters disrupted normal life in Mumbai last week. The city was flood and we cleaned all the gutters. We did so without complaint. All the top bosses of the BMC, including the municipal commissioner, did not play any significant role but still get a hike in their salaries. So the management should accept our demand on dearness allowance without any condition," he told

Asked if there was a chance that workers would go on further mass casual leave if their demands were not met, Rao said, "We will decide that on Friday."

In a swift move, BMC authorities appealed to all the employees to desist from joining the agitation or face stern action saying legal action would be taken against those taking leave without any valid reason.

They have also called on the police, home guards, civil defence personnel, private contractors and non-governmental organisations to help manage the affairs of the city.

"The additional expenditure work will be recovered by deducting the same from the salaries of the striking employees," a BMC statement said.

Civic body authorities and union representatives failed to reach an agreement by Tuesday midnight. BEST workers are also expected to join the agitation.

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Sub: BMC workers on strike

Sharad Rao may try all his dirty tricks but the janta knows they are on strike and not on leave. I think the BMC should ...

Posted by Murli

Sub: Cleaned the gutters?

Wow the BMC cleaned the gutters last week? In the heavy rain? Were they doing us all a favour? I wonder what their real job ...

Posted by Michael Kohli


BRAVO!!keep it up boys... they are fully justified and as far as the expenses are concerned, they should be recovered from the paychecks of each ...

Posted by Pankaj Parekh

Sub: BMC workers to go on mass leave

The BMC should publish details of the salary and dearness allowance paid to municipal workers so that the public can judge the fairness of their ...

Posted by Vijayraj M

Sub: mass leave = strike.

Can these people go on strike and make the city tense. ? This indeed is a pure blackmail by Sharad Rao and the authorities should ...

Posted by chanakya



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