Mangaluru, July 23, 2016: All India Trade Union Congress, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district councils, extending its fullest support to the proposed indefinite strike by KSRTC, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation employees from July 25, Monday, exhorted the state government to effectively intervene and resolve the issues. AITUC maintained that the salary drawn by KSRTC employees is the least among all other state government employees.
H V Rao, district secretary of AITUC said harassment against KSRTC employees is highest and they are treated like bonded labour. The state government has ex-parte announced a salary hike of 8% without even hearing the labour organizations in KSRTC and this is another example of atrocities against them. Salaries of central government employees have gone up by 23.55% and there is possibility of state government employees going up by the same.
In such a scenario, the state government capping the hike in salaries for KSRTC employees by 8% is a regrettable development, he said, adding that the KSRTC Employees’ Joint Committee has given a call for indefinite strike from July 25 to protest these latest developments. It is therefore imperative that the state government intervenes in this issue and fulfill demands made by KSRTC employees and treat them on par with other government employees.
In a related development, the DK and Udupi district committees of Communist Party of India too extended its support to the KSRTC employees. V Kuckian, district secretary, CPI, DK and Udupi district committee said the state government cannot take unilateral decision regarding wage fixation and it imperative that there are bipartite talks to resolve salary and service related issues and only there after come to an amicable settlement.