Bus services continue to be largely hit in Karnataka, RTC workers strike completes 6th day

Bus services continue to be largely hit in Karnataka, RTC workers strike completes 6th day

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Bengaluru, Apr 12 (PTI) Bus services were largely
hampered for the sixth consecutive day in Karnataka, as the
indefinite strike by employees of the road transport
corporations on wage related issues continued on Monday, even
as some workers reported for duty.
With the stalemate between the government and employees
of the four transport corporations over their demand for wages
as per the 6th Pay Commission continuing, a majority of
workers did not turn up for work, resulting in buses remaining
off roads, affecting commuters.
Amid threats of tough action, “no work no pay”, a few RTC
employees have returned to work and are operating buses on
some routes in the city and different parts of the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, who also holds the
transport portfolio, said in a statement that more than 3,200
buses belonging to RTCs were operating by this afternoon, and
thanked employees who returned to work, responding to the
government”s call.
Noting that attempts are being made to stop the employees
from returning to work, he said legal action is being taken
against those indulging in such acts and FIRs have been booked
against them.
He asked employees to report such incidents to police or
RTC officials.
With RTC buses being largely scarce, people wanting to
travel to their native towns and villages to celebrate Ugadi
tomorrow and office goers were the most affected.
Private buses, mini buses, maxi cabs and other passenger
transport vehicles, whom authorities have roped in to manage
the crisis and help commuters provided services to passengers
in different parts of the city and the state.
The Metro, autorickshaws and cabs were also being largely
used for commuting within the city.
Meanwhile,intensifying their protest,employees,along with
their family members,staged demonstrations at various district
and taluk centres on Monday against the government”s stand.
While the protest was subdued in Bengaluru, there were
reports about workers being detained at different places as
the government had banned protests and demonstrations in the
wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Accusing the government of not paying their March
salaries,thereby affecting their Ugadi celebrations, some
employees and their family members said those who have
returned to work are being paid.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Road Transport Employees
League decided to continue with the strike and stage protests
at various places on Tuesday, despite it being Ugadi festival.
They also decided to file complaints at various police
stations against the authorities for non payment of March
salaries to striking employees.
Reiterating the government”s stand on the strike, Chief
Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bidar asked the employees to
report for duty and not inconvenience people who want to
travel to their places for festivities.
“Action is being taken…those absent from work will not
be paid salary and more stringent measures will be taken.
At this difficult time Rs 2,300 crore has been spent from
the government”s exchequer for their salary..we have done
things in their favour.
Listening to someone, they are indulging in strike. It is
not right,” he added.
RTCs that have been warning employees against continuing
with the strike have started taking action against trainee and
probationary employees by dismissing them for absence from
work and not responding to notices.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on
Sunday had said it has decided not to consider requests for
inter-corporation transfers of employees “who are instigating,
threatening colleagues for strike and are hindering bus
services, thereby causing inconvenience to the public.”
It had also said that employees who have been given such
transfers have been warned that it would be cancelled and that
they would be posted to their original place on failing to
attend duty immediately.
Citing inconvenience caused to the public and the strike
being against provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, the
Labour department on Friday had banned the strike and referred
the dispute to the industrial tribunal, Bengaluru, for
adjudication.
Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, honorary president of the
Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League said their
protest would continue peacefully on Tuesday also, despite it
being Ugadi.
“On the day of festival, at various places in Bengaluru
and other areas, we will protest with plates, to bring to the
notice of the people that employees” salaries were not being
paid and hence they were unable to celebrate the festival,” he
said,
Chandrashekhar said they would also file complaints at
various police stations against depot managers for not paying
the salaries in March. PTI KSU APR
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