Delhi Metro services may be affected from June 30 onwards as 9,000 non-executive DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation) employees, including train operators, technicians, station controllers, operations and maintenance staff have announced to go on strike. Due to the strike of metro employees, commuters may face difficulty in travelling as services will be affected.

As per reports, Delhi metro non-executive employees are on sit-in protest from a last couple of days across various metro stations. Protesters are wearing black armbands with their uniforms. A protester told reporters that employees have 8 basic demands including hike in pay, DMRC Staff Council should be changed to a DMRC employees union, implementation of Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA).

Talking to reporters, a protester said that if DMRC doesn’t take a review of our demands, we went on sit-in protest from last few days. Our comrades have not consumed food from last few days and are sitting on platforms to demonstrate.

Ravi Bharadwaj, DMRC secretary told reporters that employees are stuck in the same salary from last 10 years. Protesters are demonstrating on several metro stations namely Dwarka, Yamuna Bank, Badarpur, Mundka, Vishwavidyalaya, Qutub Minar, Jahangirpuri, Okhla NSIC, Shahdara, Punjabi Bagh West by wearing black armbands.

As per reports, the talks between employees and protesters have failed and employees may go on a complete strike from June 30. A DMRC official said that there will be no train maintenance and cleaning of platforms due to the strike. Train services may also get slow down as there will be a limited number of train operators.

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