KSRTC staff to observe indefinite strike from midnight

Kerala High Court raised a sharp criticism against the employees over the declaration of the strike.

Thiruvananthapuram: Demanding salary revision and reinstatement of terminated staff, the employees of KSRTC have declared that they will observe indefinite strike from Wednesday midnight. The trade union leaders announced the strike as the consensus talks held on Wednesday with KSRTC MD Tomin J Thachankary failed.

Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court raised a sharp criticism against the employees over the declaration of the strike.

“The employees should remember KSRTC is a public transport system. There is no justification for the strike. As all the employees have the right to hold strike, they are obliged to control themselves from it,” observed the court.

The court also asked KSRTC authority to report on the details of the conciliation talks with the staff.

However, the leaders alleged that the staff has not received the arrears of dearness allowance for the month of December yet. They also criticised KSRTC MD for concealing the report on duty revision which was submitted to secretary for transport department. They alleged suspicion that MD is trying to destruct KSRTC.

“ Duty revision affected the daily revenue collection. As ordinary trips are cancelled, passengers are forced to board on super class buses by paying high fares,” said trade union leaders.

Responding to the strike, KSRTC MD Tomin J Thachankary stated that government should take decision on salary revision.

“KSRTC will launch a mission to earn Rs 1 crore daily income from tomorrow. When KSRTC makes profit, allowances will be given to the staff from the corporation itself,” said Thachankary.

Meanwhile, KSRTC board members staged a walkout from the board meeting alleging that the MD is taking biased decisions and has not discussed the agendas with them.

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