Salary row: KSRTC unions may resort to indefinite strike

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Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC employee unions may soon begin an indefinite strike to protest against the glitches in salary distribution. The unions led by ruling and opposition parties will decide over this shortly. The unions informed that the staff could not wait for salaries each month.

The TDF union, including CITU, BMS and INTUC along with AITUC already staged protests against the delay in salary disbursal. The union pointed out that the employees are moving to an indefinite strike as the management and government are not heeding to their protests which were organised without affecting the bus services of KSRTC. The salary was distributed only after 20 for the past two months.

However, the management informed that the salary distribution has been restored partially with the Rs 50 crore credited as overdraft. The daily revenue of the KSRTC will also have to be utilised for giving away the salary as Rs 55 crore is required to disburse the salary.

Another Rs 30 crore has to be raised for the salary of other departments within KSRTC. KSRTC received Rs 30 crore for salary dispensation from the state government. Though the management requested another Rs 35 crore as additional support, the government neglected this demand in view of the financial aid worth Rs 50 crore granted last month in two instalments.

Minister of Transport Antony Raju stated that a meeting will be conducted under the Chief Minister to resolve the salary crisis in KSRTC. Another meeting has been scheduled with unions on June 27. Minister opined that the strike can only help in aggravating the distress within KSRTC. The government hopes to settle the issues within six months, added the minister.

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