New Delhi: In what could come as a big relief for commuters in the city, the Delhi High Court on Friday evening restrained non-commissioned staff of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation from going on strike from Saturday.
The High Court said that while reasonable demands of the employees ought to be accepted, the smooth functioning of DMRC cannot be compromised with.
We respect HC's order & will defer the strike but our protest will continue until our demands are met. We'll keep providing services by sporting black bands as mark of protest. If our demands are not heard, protests will go stronger: Ravi Bhardwaj, Secy staff council, DMRC #Delhi pic.twitter.com/6zrxzU3CuZ
— ANI (@ANI) June 29, 2018
Two rounds of talks - first between the employees and DMRC and then with Labour Commission - failed to bring about a breakthrough earlier on Friday. The employees, who have been raising pay-related issues, had already threatened an indefinite strike from Saturday if their demands were not met with.
DMRC officials had been directed by Delhi transport minister Kailash Gehlot to find a solution but even that did not work.
Close to 9000 non-executive employees of Delhi Metro have highlighted pay-related issues and have been protesting since June 19. They have also termed the termination of contract for two fellow employees as 'illegal.' On Thursday, Delhi Metro in a press release said that officials had met the protesting employees and that their concerns were heard but no positive outcome came of it. The same was the case on Friday as well.