Namma Metro workers defer strike by one month

BENGALURU: In a big relief for lakhs of commuters of , who are dependent upon , there will be no strike from Thursday.
The proposed strike by the employees of the (BMRCL) commencing from March 22 has been deferred/postponed by a month.

Instead, four office bearers of the and three representatives of BMRCL management would commence bilateral talks commencing from March 26. The talks will be held thrice a week to thrash out the impending issues , including the contentious recognition of the Union by the management.

While the employees Union has named T R Uday, General secretary, S Manjunath, Vice-President Rakesh Joseph Joint Secretary and Executive Committee member S Sagar as their representatives, the management had named M S Balakrishna, retired District Judge and presently General Manager(Legal), Gurudas Bhat, Consultant , Industrial Relations and Deepa Potnis, Executive Director (Finance) to represent the company.

Recording the same, adjourned the hearing on the petition filed by the BMRCL employees Union.

During the hearing, the counsel for employees union claimed that they had given notice regarding strike on March 7 itself under the . He further claimed that under the Act, it is the central government which is the appropriate government for BMRCL. He further claimed that the authorities have refused to recognize the petitioner-union.

However, the counsel for management argued that it is the state government which is the appropriate government as per the MOU signed in 2010. He further claimed that conciliation proceedings are going on before the designated officer.

While the BMRCL Union had challenged the July 7,2017 notification issued by the state government under the Karnataka Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) Act, the BMRCL management had filed interlocutory application (IA) seeking vacating of the interim order passed last October against the ESMA notification contending that the proposed strike would cripple the transport mechanism in the city of Bengaluru, resulting in huge distress to commuters.

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