Karnataka transport employees cancel strike after governor accepts 9 out of 10 demands

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |

Updated: December 15, 2020 8:25:15 am





The transportation department in the state has about 37,019 workers. (Fil image for representation)

Karnataka transport workers on Monday canceled their strike after state transport minister Laxman Savadi agreed to nine of their 10 demands.

The indefinite strike by drivers and drivers began on Friday, with protesters demanding, among other things, that they be considered government employees, be paid equally with state government personnel and receive compensation similar to Covid-19 front workers. of death due to the pandemic.

The only requirement refused by the government was to consider the workers who are employees of transportation companies as state government employees.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa rebuked a peasant leader for “urging” the transport employees. Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, on Friday expressed support for the workers ’strike. On Sunday Yediyurappa said in a statement: “Chandrasekhar urged a section of port employees to protest, which caused a stone in KSRTC and BMTC buses. He is also responsible for causing loss to public property.”

The transport employees with CM Yediyurappa.

The transportation department in the state has about 37,019 workers. It runs a fleet of 17,138 buses from four separate transport companies – Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), North West Road Transport Corporation (NWRTC) and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). All four went on strike.

In the midst of the protest, few buses were operated by the companies on Monday – KSRTC operated 565 of its 5,500 buses, while BMTC operated 314 of 5,000 buses. Commuters were bothered by the lightning strike, with many forced to opt for more expensive private transport.

The protest was canceled after the government agreed to raise wages according to the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission, withdrawal of unpublished-uncollected cases against drivers, reduction of training period for new employees to one year from two years, to have a policy on inter-corporate transfers, Arogya Bhagya health insurance coverage for all employees, 30 lakhs ex-gratia for the families of those who perished Covid-19, setting up a committee to deal with harassment complaints from senior officials, and introduction of Human Resources Management System (HRMS) in the HR department.

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