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1,600 Delhi Metro workers go on strike over non payment of salary for 9 months

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Metro travellers who use the Metro to commute to work will have to face a tough time as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) non-executive employees resorting to protests once again.

The non-executive staff, including train operators, maintenance staff, station controllers and customer relation assistants, have been protesting since August 17 demanding pending payments since nine months from DMRC and FEMC Pratibha.

1,600 Delhi Metro workers go on strike over non payment of salary for 9 months

According to Dwivedi, who has 300 labourers under him said,"We are paid by FEMC Pratibha but nine months ago when we stopped work, DMRC intervened and assured us that they will pay us... since then, partial payments have been made over a month or two." The labourers and contractors also revealed that work on Delhi Metro phase III is on hold due to the protest.

Meanwhile, the DMRC said that this protest will not affect our schedule as these are ancillary activities. It also said that the DMRC does not pay the salaries directly to these workers. The contractor has been directed to clear all dues and DMRC is also closely monitoring the situation.

The Delhi Metro has around 9,000 non-executive staff who perform critical functions such as station controllers, train operators, station managers, and junior engineers etc. They have been protesting by wearing black arm bands and organising sit-ins at different Metro stations.

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