KSRTC salary: Employee unions to go on strike as talks fail to make headway 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The employees of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are moving ahead towards a strike in protest against the disbursement of salary in instalments. The decision was taken after talks with Transport Minister Antony Raju on Wednesday failed to yield results.

With the government’s move to distribute salaries in instalments, the KST Employees Sangh (BMS) has sought cooperation from other organisations to set up a common front to launch strikes. A final decision in this regard will be taken after talks with unions.

Meanwhile, the BMS and the Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) have expressed protest over summoning organisations separately for talks. The minister had held talks with CITU alone, the other day.

As both the organisations demanded to distribute salaries in a single instalment, the minister explained that it was not possible owing to the current financial crisis.

The employee organisations also demanded to withdraw reforms, including the single duty scheme, which were implemented by the management. However, the minister asserted that the government will go ahead with the reforms and demanded the unions to cooperate.

The talks were attended by BMS general secretary GK Ajith, general secretary S Ajayakumar, Pradeep C Nair, TDF state president D Ajayakumar, RL Rajeev, Gladstone among others.

Earlier, CITU had withdrawn from the strikes following talks with the minister. However, as BMS and TDF go on with the strike, CITU’s stance will prove to be crucial too.

As of now, the KSRTC has not yet received the government aid of Rs 70 crore required to pay the remaining salary for the month of February.

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