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Mumbai autorickshaw drivers divided on strike

Monday - Apr 16, 2012, 10:19am (GMT+5.5)
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Mumbai -  Commuters may hope for some respite as a section of Mumbai's autorickshaw drivers, belonging to unions backed by the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, have  decided against participating in a strike Monday.

Leader of Mumbai Autorickshawmen's Union Sharad Rao last week decided to stick to its plan of a state-wide autorickshaw strike Monday even as the city's transport authority Friday decided  to increase fares for the first 1.6 km by a rupee, effective from April 20.

Haji Arafat Sheikh of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena-led Vahatuk Sena said: “We shall not be participating in the strike as the transport department has already approved a hike in the  fare.”

Sheikh also assured that autorickshaw drivers from the union will be present at all busy spots during the rush hours.

The Shiv Sena-led Rickshaw Chalak Malak Sena also opposed the strike. “We have asked our drivers to not be intimidated by the tactics of the Sharad Rao-led union,” a member of the  association said.

Looking at the non-cooperation by most parties, Rao appeared to be back-tracking when he said that it was only a day-long token strike.

K.K. Tiwari, leader of the Swabhimaan Sanghatna, said that it was pointless to go on a strike now that the fare had been hiked. “It is important to avoid a strike now as it will only end up hurting the drivers who lose their daily earnings,” he said.





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