Bengaluru: BMTC fires 96 trainees for boycotting work | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: BMTC on Thursday dismissed 96 trainees who participated in the strike and didn’t show up for work. It had issued a warning on Wednesday, saying action would be taken if they didn’t report for duty.
A list of absent 1,484 trainees, including drivers, conductors and technical assistants, was published.
“We have sacked 96 members so far for not turning up. We are processing the files of others. We have the powers to dismiss trainees and probationary staff. They can approach a court,” a BMTC official said.
On Thursday, BMTC published a list of 1,293 probationary employees who have boycotted work for two days. “We will act against them if they don’t report for duty on Friday,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has removed 32 employees who faced various complaints, from pilferage and absenteeism to submission of bogus certificates. “The action against them had been pending for a long time. They even joined the strike,” said an official.
KSRTC has decided to rope in retired drivers and conductors to run buses temporarily. “We are re-hiring those who retired in the past two years. It’s a stopgap. They should be physically fit and get a Covid-19 negative report from the district medical officer. Driver’s licence is also mandatory,” said an official.
KSRTC will pay them Rs 700 to Rs 800 per day. They will not be entitled to benefits other than the weekly off.

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