A junior staffer said that though the employees were glad to see the increment in their salaries, they were disappointed to find that the salaries for the days they were on strike.
Bombay High Court has directed the workers of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) to end their indefinite strike and make an announcement on the same within an hour.
Commuters in Mumbai continued to suffer as the BEST bus strike entered the ninth day on Wednesday with the workers' union rejecting the management's '10-step increment' proposal to end the stalemate.
After talks to end the stir failed on Monday, the red buses continued to stay off the roads while auto and cab drivers charged a higher fare, causing inconvenience to travellers.
There seems to be no end to woes of lakhs of people residing in Mumbai, as an indefinite strike called by employees of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) entered the seventh day on Monday.
The BEST bus strike in Mumbai entered its sixth day Sunday with no agreement in sight between agitating workers and the management of the civic-run transport undertaking.
As talks between union leaders and officials remained inconclusive on Thursday, the BEST employees extended the strike even on Friday.
The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200 buses, which criss-cross the metropolis and also operate services in the neighbouring Thane district and Navi Mumbai.
The Central Railway will run the extra train from Thane to CSMT, CSMT to Kalyan, Vashi to CSMT and CSMT to Panvel to avoid inconvenience to people.
Soon after the strike was called, Western Railway came to the rescue of commuters and pressed in more trains for the convenience of the Mumbaikars.
According to a tweet by ANI, the Central Rail CPRO said in view of BEST buses strike, Mumbai Division will run extra sub-services.
The BEST management had declared the strike illegal and issued internal circulars warning staffers of strict action if they proceeded with it.
Nearly 25 lakh commuters will be affected starting Tuesday due to the scheduled strike by BEST bus employees.