KSRTC's new duty system irks trade unions
Thiruvananthapuram: The new 12-hour shift system introduced by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) by replacing the existing double-duty structure irked trade unions. Trade unions, including the ones that support government, expressed strong resentment over the new system and termed it as flouting labour laws.
During the pandemic, the revenue of KSRTC declined and the new system has not brought any revenue hike, alleged trade unions. Payment has not been hiked on par with the increase in working hours. Employees from other districts are unable to go home on off days due to this. Drivers are forced to work continuously and it causes accidents.
Trade unions alleged that the new system burdened the work load of employees as it is a tactic to entrust the responsibility to increase the revenue of KSRTC on workers’ shoulder. The old system was very effective for the timely maintenance of vehicles. KSRTC Employees Union, AITUC and KST Employees Sangh expressed resentment.
However, concerned officials said that the new system was meant to streamline workers to manage peak hours and workers will get enough free time from 11 am to 3pm when buses would not ply much. The existing double duty is expensive for the corporation as it requires the service of two.
Biju Prabhakar, Managing Director of KSRTC, said that the new revival measures were taken after discussing it with recognised trade unions. The 10-hour duty is not at all a burden for employees. KSRTC cannot go ahead without enhancing production, said Biju Prabhakar.