KSRTC strike: Govt to take stern action

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It is assumed that the KSRTC incurred a loss of Rs 15 crores through the strike.

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has strengthened its stance against the strike observed by KSRTC employees. The government has observed that the strike that is being held demanding salary revision is disrupting normal life.

Minister for transport Antony Raju said that the employees did n't give time to the department to hold discussions and take proper decisions on the matter. He said that he is not willing to hold talks with those who are observing the strike. The government is saying that the workers' associations moved to hold strike while the discussions were ongoing. It is assumed that the KSRTC incurred a loss of Rs 15 crores through the strike. Hence, the strike will affect the salary distribution and also the monthly revenue in November.

The government has been providing financial support for salary distribution from March 2020. The government criticised that the workers' associations did not cooperate to settle the issue.

The management has already declared dies-non for the strike.

Congress ally TDF and AICTU’s employees' union started the indefinite strike on Saturday. Although CITU did not take part in the strike, many of its workers did not report for duty.

Out of the 3200 services, only 268 buses were operated service on Saturday.

CITU's move against the minister

CITU General Secretary, C K Harikrishnan said that Minister Antony Raju’s statement that they were not given time to discuss the matter is wrong. Although the government had promised to revise salaries in June, but the management allowed discussion only on September 9.

They did not accept the need that the discussion must be completed by September 30. CITU informed that they called strike as they are not even ready to accept the minimum salary hike of Rs 5,800.

Sunny Thomas, the state working president of Transport Drivers Union and R Ayyapan, General Secretary of the same union said that the strike reflected the rage against the government and the management over denial of justice.

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