Faced with an “indefinite strike” called on Tuesday by employees of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) water division, managing director S.N. Upadhyay around 9.30pm promised to promotion and Sixth Pay Commission benefits from September.
Over 500 Mada employees who had called a strike on Tuesday evening, scrapped their protest after the managing director’s promise came.
The strike would have affected some 10 lakh residents of Dhanbad district, including haria, Lodna, Bhaga, Ghanudih, Jamadoba, Kendua, Loyabad, Katras, Putki, Chatabad, Godhar, Sijua, and Tetulmari.
The Mada employees were demanding the benefits of the accelerated career progression scheme, which ensures at least one promotion in 10 years.
General secretary of Pradhikar Karmachari Sangharsh Samanvaya Samiti — the employees’ association of the water division — S.N. Dubey said Upadhyay had earlier on July 30 promised the 700 employees the benefits of the scheme.
But as many as 700 out of 1,800 employees are yet to reap the benefits of this.
Dubey had added that they were forced to take the strike route as the managing director did not fulfil his promise.
“Some of our representatives even visited the managing director’s office and tried talking to him, but he refused. Thus, we were compelled to go on strike,” Dubey said.
Now, Mada employees are giving managing director Upadhyay a second chance by waiting till September.