Kochi: The Kerala High court harshly criticized the indefinite strike called by KSRTC employees from Wednesday midnight. Strikes must not be staged just to show the public. The court also asked what was the need for the strike when attempts are going on for solving issues.
It also observed that giving notice prior to the strike does not give the right to stage one and as a public transport facility, the strike call was against law.
Ruling and opposition party unions have announced indefinite strike from Wednesday midnight. The strike demands reforming labour laws, reinstating dismissed employees and reforming single duty system.
The high court instructed the government to inform about the progress of compromise talks later the day. The further actions of the court on the strike will be decided after considering this. The advocate who appeared at the court for the employees has requested to set a time limit for the compromise talks in the wake of harsh criticism from the court.
The labour unions have complained that the promises which transport minister AK Saseendran gave during the strike in October weren’t fulfilled. The labourers are firm on begining the strike as the talks held on Wednesday with MD Tomin Thachankary failed. They alleged that attempts are being made to destroy KSRTC.
At the same time, Tomin Thachankary said that the government has ensured to provide the benefits to employees if income increased. He added that there are provisions to increase the revenue by Rs 1 cr per day and then the corporation will be able to solve the issues raised by the employees.