Flash strike is not govt’s policy: Transport minister
Thiruvananthapuram: State Transport minister AK Saseendran slammed the flash strike observed by KSRTC staff here on Wednesday. He stated that flash strike should not be encouraged.
At the same time, the district collector will file the report over the strike on Monday. The minister declared that further action against the KSRTC flash strike will be taken as per the report.
It is hinted that the district collector’s report will carry recommendation to avert such incidents in future.
“The unannounced strike put public in distress. Flash strike is not government’s policy. Such an agitation is not a good way to protest. If the workers want to protest, they must park the bus in the bus depots and not on the road. But this strike out the capital city into standstill by creating traffic block. It resulted in one death too,” said the minister.
He pointed out that the strike was a clear violation of traffic rules. Police have already acted against the strike as there is no need of any more evidence.
At the same time, the minister noted that government is not in favour of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) which restricts flash strikes.
“Usually, the government does not encourage actions over ESMA. Earlier also, the employees observed flash strike by parking buses on road. The High Court ordered to levy compensation from these workers who observed the strike. But favouring the labourers, the government did not collect compensation. The court order still exists. After examining the district collector’s report, government will consider whether the court order should be implemented or not,” said the minister.