Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC employees continue to see KSRTC SWIFT, a firm opened for operating long-distance buses as a threat to its authority in the public transport sector in the state. The trade unions said they would protest against KSRTC's decision to hand over the operation of electric buses brought with the KIIFB loan to KSRTC-SWIFT.
CITU said they would block the authorities from handing over the buses to KSRTC-SWIFT on Monday. Meanwhile, BMS and TDF both decided to boycott the electric bus inauguration.
The unions refused to back down from the protest despite management assuring payment of salary dues on time. The protest from CITU, a left-leaning organisation, has become a setback for the state government and KSRTC management. Earlier, the government assured employees that their salary dues will be paid in full before August 10.
Trade Unions reiterated that management had failed to keep their promises made earlier. Further, the decision to give City circular to KSRTC-SWIFT had irked the trade unions.
According to KSRTC management, the introduction of 50 electric buses will be enough to save Rs 45 lakh on diesel. Currently, KSRTC bought 25 electric buses. Further, the salary spent for temporary staff in KSRTC-SWIFT buses is lesser than that of KSRTC.