Unions ask employees to join work

In a joint press conference held at 1 AM after a 5-hour marathon meeting, transport union leaders thanked the government for having accepted most of their demands.

Published: 15th September 2012 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2012 10:12 AM   |  A+A-


Leaders of KSRTC and BMTC employee unions on Friday night appealed to all striking employees to resume work from Saturday morning.

In a joint press conference held here at 1 am after a 5-hour marathon meeting, transport union leaders H V Anantha Subbarao and K S Sharma thanked the government for having accepted most of their demands.

They also asked the officials of both the transport corporations to ensure that the agreement chalked out on Saturday was implemented in letter and spirit at the earliest.

Appreciating Deputy Chief Minister and Home and Transport Minister R Ashok for taking initiatives to end the impasse, both the leaders said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

 They also said though a majority of the demands of the striking employees were met, some remained unfulfilled and they would be sorted out with the committee constituted by the state government to look into the issues.

 Both the leaders also tendered an apology for having caused inconvenience to the public for the last two days.

 The BMTC could operate only 600 buses from its fleet of 6,000 buses on Friday.

 The collection on Thursday, the first day of the strike, was a meagre 58 lakh as against the average daily revenue collection of 3.5 crore.

All buses are expected to ply normally on Saturday.

Bangaloreans had endured inconvenience for two days as most buses were off the roads and commuters had to look for alternative modes of transport to reach their destinations.

The talks between the unions and the government had ended in a deadlock on Thursday night.

Officials keep mum

Efforts to get information on bus opertaions from KSRTC and BMTC officials went in vain as higher-ups refused to speak to the media.

 “I will not comment on the matter, I do not want to give any opinion, call the Public Relations Officer,” said a senior official of BMTC when asked if the Volvo services which come under his division were functioning on Friday.


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