Karnataka Bus Strike: Road transport employees strike enters Day 4 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Transport employees on Sunday observed a hunger strike at Freedom park in Bengaluru.

BENGALURU: A majority of state-run transport buses including KSRTC, BMTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC stayed off the roads on Monday as transport employees across the state decided to continue their indefinite strike on the fourth day.
BMTC operated only 57 buses across Bengaluru till 8am. While major transport union KSRTC staff and workers’ federation, which is affiliated to All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), on Sunday urged its members to report to work, only a few employees turned up for duty so far.
Though deputy CM and transport minister Laxman Savadi said there are plans to hire private vehicles and run them as per government-fixed fares, it is still unclear how many buses will be rolled out.
On Sunday, negotiations with protesting employees and state representatives collapsed. The failure stemmed from the government’s reluctance to fulfil the employees’ primary demand that they be brought on the government’s payroll.
As CM BS Yediyurappa and other ministers got into a huddle in the night, transport minister Laxman Savadi said it has been decided to use police help and run buses using employees who are ready to return to work.
Among the demands the government has agreed to meet were hike in salary in accordance with the 6th Pay Commission’s recommendation, withdrawal of not-issued-not-collected cases filed against conductors for not issuing ticket to commuters, Arogya Sanjeevini health insurance cover for all employees, Rs 30 lakh exgratia for the families of those who succumbed to Covid-19, reduction of training period for new employees to one year, setting up of a committee to address the complaints about harassment by higher officials and introduction of HRMS to automate the HR department.

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