SHILLONG: Angered over the non-payment of salary for the past many months, the Meghalaya Transport Corporation Workers’ Union (MTCWU) has decided to intensify their stir by calling for a pen down strike on Tuesday and Wednesday and a full-fledged strike in the entire state from January 5.
The demand for payment of pending salary which has been going on for quite some time took a new turn with the union’s decision to approach and seek the intervention of union transport minister, Nitin Gadkari.
The MTCWU has also served a deadline of January 15 for the state government to pay the remaining three months salary of the workers – October, November and December.
“MTCWU will intensify their agitation with a pen down strike on Tuesday and Wednesday and a full-fledged strike from January 5 in the entire state,” said President of the Union, Erwin Sutnga on Monday.
Sutnga added that that MTC stations situated in Tura, Williamnagar, Jowai etc were asked to participate in the agitation.
Alleging serious lapses in the functioning of the Meghalaya Transport Corporation, Sutnga demanded the ouster of the present Managing Director of MTC, A. Nikhla, citing unsympathetic attitude of the MD towards the workers asserting that the state government should appoint another MD ‘with a more human approach.’
“With each passing year MTC is weakening and less or no profit is their sole excuse for the mess up,” said Sutnga adding, “It is not a question of loss or profit but a question of service to the public by MTC in the transport sector which is significant in bringing about economic development”.
Sutnga further said that the union demands that the Vice chairman, Sanjay Das to be appointed on a full time basis.