BEST commuters stranded as drivers go on strike
People in Mumbai faced hardships in reaching their destinations in the morning following a flash strike called by drivers and conductors of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) in protest against increasing their working hours and new computerised schediling system by the management.
Transport system was paralysed in the city, which affected not only office goers, but also the shcool children, who have to appear for their annual exams.
People who depend on buses (a lifeline of Mumbai) were stranded and many had to opt for autos and taxi for travel. There were also complaints of refusals by auto or taxi drivers, while some indulged in charging higher fares.
BEST union president Sharad Rao said, 'The management is harrassing the employees by increading working hours from eight, to 12, to 13 hours.'
The BEST's top officials on the other hand said the scheduling system will optimise the use of workforce, ensure better frequency of buses and save Rs 32 crore for the undertaking annually.
(Posted on 01-04-2014)