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Two-day strike at MTNL called off

Two-day strike at MTNL called off
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 47 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 47 PM IST
New Delhi: A two-day long strike by unions of executives at Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, or MTNL, has been called off with the management and the striking employees agreeing to resolve contentious pay revision issues that will help telecom services return to normalcy in New Delhi and Mumbai.
The strike has led to disruption of Internet and phone services, including emergency services at hospitals, banks and airports, in the two cities, where the state-run telco has a 60% and 71% market share, respectively, according to the country’s telecom regulator.
“The strike has been called off. All the issues have been resolved with the executives and by evening all disrupted communication services will be restored to normalcy,” MTNL’s chairman and managing director R.S.P. Sinha told PTI.
V.K. Tomar, general secretary of MTNL executives association, and A.K. Kaushik, general secretary of the telecom executives association of MTNL confirmed the strike was off. Issues relating to pensions and deductions in salaries were discussed, Kaushik said.
“The pension issue has remained unresolved for the past nine years since the employees moved from Central government service to the (public sector unit),” Kaushik said.
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 47 PM IST
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