Mangaluru, July 18,2016: Reports show that members of various trade unions, under the aegis of Joint Committee of Trade Unions of Karnataka State Transport Corporations, have urged the employees of the corporation to protest against a meager hike of 8% in their salary during a strike on July 25 and make it a success.
At a meeting here on July 17, Sunday, KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation General Secretary H V Ananthasubba Rao said the government has taken a unilateral decision to increase salary by 8% which could not be accepted by the employees.
"The federation has demanded 35% hike in salary, extension of medical benefits to dependents of the employees, hike in DA for drivers and conductors to Rs 300, an increase in the repast allowance to at least Rs 100 and subsidised canteens at all the depots. The other demands are complete overtime allowance payment for extra hours of work by drivers and conductors; stopping wage cut harassment to mechanics, drivers and conductors for not achieving the targets; halt to indiscriminate suspension of employees; stopping filing of false cases against conductors, among others, he added.
The committee has issued a strike notice the state government on July 3 in this regard, he added.
Rao said the committee has submitted a charter of demands containing 44 demands, including a pay hike of 35% to the government. However, the KSRTC management has taken a unilateral decision, he charged.
Demands : A charter of 44 demands was submitted to the government, including the demand for a 35 per cent wage hike, it said. However, ignoring the demand by the trade unions not to declare unilateral wage revision and the call for a strike in such an event, the managements have got the government to declare the unilateral revision.
The other demands included complete reimbursement of medical expenses to employees, including dependant parents; complete overtime allowance payment for extra hours of work by drivers and conductors; stopping wage cut harassment to mechanics, drivers and conductors for not achieving the targets; halt to indiscriminate suspension of employees; halt to corrupt practices in the corporations; stopping filing of false cases against conductors and a halt to harassment of women workers.
The committee sought nothing less than a negotiated settlement of wages and other demands and would continue its agitation, it said said. The committee comprises KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation, Akhila Karnataka Rajya Raste Saarige Nowkarara Mahamandali, KSRTC SC/ST Officers and Employees’ Welfare Association and Akhanda Karnataka Rajya Raste Sarige Nowkarara Mahamandali.