BANGALORE: Around 1.10 lakh employees working for the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) along with other subsidiaries like NWKRTC will be going on indefinite strike from April 27 onwards in order to bring attention to their long standing demands.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Joint Action Committee of the KSRTC Employees Association K R Vijaykumar alleged that the management for a long time had been taking unilateral decision on the issue of wage revisions of employees and that the unions were not consulted at all.
“This amounts to dictatorship. They announced a 10 per cent hike without consulting the union. We have protested before and even met the MD and submitted a memorandum to no avail,” Vijaykumar stated. The association alleged that close to 32,000 drivers were forced to work normal hours on a stipend of `2,600 per month as trainees for a period of 2 years while officials got their training period waived.
“Drivers and conductors are forced to pay a bribe of `100 everyday which results in the loss of 15 per cent of the corporation’s revenue,” the statement said.