Delhi Metro services are likely to hit a shutdown from June 30 with its 9,000 non-executive employees threatening to go on strike demanding pay hike, payment of arrears, right to form a union and fixed guidelines for sacking employees. The metro services may totally be closed as the non-executive staff include train operators, technicians, operations staff, maintenance staff and station controllers. The non-executive staff has been protesting since June 19 but no agreement has been reached so far prompting them to call the strike.

The workforce is crucial in running the metro network and the strike may affect the Delhiites crippling the public transport in the city.

Last year as well, Metro services had faced a similar threat when the non-executive staff had called a strike on similar demands. However, the crisis was averted at the last moment after the DMRC management and staff council talked it out with the staff following a series of meetings.

The non-executive staff has alleged that DMRC management has not kept its promises and they are left with no option but to go on a strike.

“Other demands include implementation of our Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) as per the 3rd pay revision scale,” the council’s secretary, Ravi Bhardwaj, was quoted by India Today as saying.

Ravi further asserted that the strike would not be called off if the DMRC staff council is not converted into DMRC employees union as the council is not a constitutional body.

He said that many drivers, station controllers and other staff who are not on protest since June 19 were wearing black armbands to mark their protest and show solidarity with the protesting employees.

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