Delhi High Court on Friday ordered Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employees to postpone their strike over the demand of hike in pay and promotion. The High Court ordered stay on Delhi Metro employees strike assuring them to resolve the matter with talks. Earlier, around nine thousand DMRC employees had announced to go on strike including train operators, technicians, station controllers, operations and maintenance staff.

Following the orders from the Delhi HC, Staff Council secretary Ravi Bhardwaj told media persons that the strike has been postponed as the honourable High Court has intervened. The DMRC staff Council will complete the legal procedures and if needed fresh dates of protest will be announced.

Before the orders from the Delhi High Court, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told the media that AAP government might impose the Essential Service Maintenance Act, if the DMRC employees go on strike, to assure a smooth facility to the Delhites. CM Kejriwal had also appealed to the protesters to not to go on strike as it will lead to difficulties for the daily commuters.

As per reports, 2 rounds of talks between the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had failed between DMRC authorities and DMRC Staff Council, and the protesters were all set to go on a complete strike from Friday midnight, but orders from Delhi HC on late evening put a halt on their strike.

Briefing the matter, DMRC Council official said that the talks had not reached any solution and protesters were all set to go on an indefinite strike, but High Courts interference has given some hopes.

DMRC employees union, General Secretary, Mahaveer Prasad said the employees are stuck in the same pay scale from 10 years. One of the major reasons for the non-executive staff to protest is salary hike. Apart from this, there are also reasons like fixed guidelines for sacking an employee and right to form a union. According to the Metro employees, the DMRC management has not kept the promises, which were made last year.

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