Delhi Metro commuters must brace for impact tomorrow

By Praveen Dwivedi
Posted: Jun 29, 2018

Delhi Metro commuters for brace for a harrowing time, as over 9,000 non-executive employees of Delhi Rail Metro Corporation (DMRC) have threatened to go on strike from Saturday over pay hike, payment of arrears, right to form a union and fixed guidelines for sacking an employee.  

The non-executive workforce includes train operators, station controllers, technicians, operations staff and maintenance staff.  

Around 100 such employees protesting at Yamuna Bank metro station (Blue Line — Dwarka to Noida and Viashali) said they are firm on their decision to go on a mega protest from tomorrow.

Talking to City Spidey, a metro operator said, “We have been protesting since the last two weeks at different metro stations, but we continued to work. But on Saturday, it will be a complete protest.”

Another metro operator, on condition of anonymity, remarked that the commuters will be travelling at their own risk, as no trained operator will be on duty on Saturday. “If anything goes wrong, DMRC would be responsible,” he said.

City Spidey was informed that a meeting was held between chief general manager- HR (DMRC) and a group of employees today morning, but the meeting remained inconclusive.

“We were called for a meeting with CGM-HR, but our demands were not accepted, hence we have decided to remain off-duty on Saturday,” said an employee.

The labour commissioner of Delhi government had called both the parties for a meeting at its office in Patel Chowk today.

When City Spidey contacted the DMRC, an official said, “All issues raised by the employees are under discussion and all possible efforts are being made to reach a mutual acceptable resolution as early as possible.”

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