EMPLOYEES of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) remained firm on their demand for the loss-making corporation’s merger with the State Government and continued their strike on Monday, resulting in bus operations being shut at all 250 depots in the state, officials said. On Sunday, nearly 4,000 employees had reported to duty and the corporation operated around 80 buses on different routes, they said.
“However, bus operations at all 250 depots are shut today, though many workshop employees have rejoined duty,” a spokesperson of the MSRTC said. The employees started the indefinite strike from October 28 and intensified it earlier this month. They have refused to budge from their demand for the merger of the MSRTC with the state government. The merger will give them the status of Government employees, besides better salaries. The Maharashtra government has formed a committee to look into the demand of the employees. Last week also, all 250 depots of the MSRTC were closed since Monday.