Left Unions in KSRTC to hold strike over non-payment of salary

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Kollam: Left unions in KSRTC are gearing up for a strike against delay in distributing salaries to the employees. The board is yet to address the issues despite festive seasons around the corner.

CITU demanded they will stage protests if KSRTC fails to issue salary within a certain period. Meantime, Transport Employees Union (AITEU) are planning to organise protests if the state government fails to address their demands.

'Ottakalla Orumichaan' (Not Alone, Together), a group formed in KSRTC for salary revision, is also planning protest events to address the issue. The group contains members who quit various unions in KSRTC.

Meanwhile, the Transport Democratic Federation will hold a black day on Monday over the delay in salary and the formation of K-Swift. They want the board to keep their promise to pay employees their salaries by the fifth of every month.

According to the SRTC, the two-day general strike has resulted in a loss of revenue of Rs 15 crore. With the increase in diesel price and salary revision, an additional Rs 55 crore has to be found now to pay off expenses.

It was suggested that the launching of 600 more buses will help KSRTC fend off the current crisis. However, the acquisition of a bus also requires a sizable amount of money. The government assistance is only Rs 30 crore. Rs 9 crore is required to cover the insurance of buses above the category of super-fast.

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