Mumbai, July 8: In a big relief for Mumbaikars, autorickshaw unions have called off their strike planned on Tuesday. Around 2.2 lakh autorickshaw drivers had earlier threatened to go on a strike from midnight. Autorickshaw drivers were reportedly demanding a fare hike, ban on services of Ola and Uber and crackdown of police on illegal autos.
The autorickshaw unions also demanded that medical benefits and pension schemes should be launched under the Welfare Board for Auto drivers. As per Mumbai Mirror report, more than 350 different associations have come together to stand in solidarity for their demand. Mumbai Autorickshaw Drivers to Go on Indefinite Strike From Today Midnight, Demand Fare Hike.
The strike was called off after the intervention of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The CM has called autorickshaw union leaders for a meeting at 3 pm on Tuesday to discuss the matter. Transport minister Diwakar Raote will also be present at the meeting, reported TOI. The news came as a big relief for the residents of Mumbai as the maximum city is already reeling under heavy rains.
Earlier in January, employees of of the city's civic transport undertaking Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) went on a nine-day-strike. the Employees were demanding pay hike, revision of pay scale of junior level employees and merger of BEST's budget with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The strike was called off after BEST workers' union accepted the '10-step increment' pay hike proposal offered by civic transport's management.