BEST schedule to be implemented from July 1

Mumbai : The tussle between the BEST management and the employees over 12-hours  spread-over duty which lead to a two-day strike in April has finally ended. The BEST management on Monday has agreed upon reducing the 12 hours spread-over duty to less than 10 hours across all the 26 depots of the BEST.

The revised duty schedule in compliance to the demands put forth by employees’ unions have agreed on reducing the 12 hours duties of drivers across the 14 depots where it is being implemented at present. Across the 14 depots, 485 drivers have more than 12 hours spread duty of which 294 will have reduced duties with less than 10 hours from June itself.

A committee, with five members each from the BEST Management and the BEST workers union, will be formed to look into the problems faced by employees. A revised schedule based on the suggestion of this committee will be formulated and implemented across all 26 depots from July 1. After a meeting with BEST General Manager, leader of BEST workers union Sharad Rao said, “Around half of the 484 employees who have 12 hour spread-over duties will have less than 10 hours of duty as agreed in the meeting.”

Considering the demands put forth by the union and BEST Kamgar Sena, the BEST management has also agreed on removing multiple routes which were a cause of distress to employees. The management has also agreed upon having not more than two routes in a week for a driver and conductor.

Sharad Rao further said, “We have also filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court to bring about a change in the spread-over schedule.”

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