BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Road Transport Employees’ Coordination Committee members will boycott work on September 2 in protest against the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill. Workers of KSRTC, BMTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC will participate in the boycott as part of a nationwide agitation.
Committee president S Prasanna Kumar on Monday said the proposed Bill envisages privatisation of transport corporations.
“If the Bill comes into force, the process of issuing licences to drivers and permits for transportation will be conducted by private companies. This is risky as lakhs of employees in these corporations will have no job security. Efforts must be taken to ensure that the workers are motivated. However, the opposite is happening.”
Kumar said the entry of foreign companies in the transport sector in Karnataka will have adverse effects in future.
“The state and the Centre, instead of coordinating to resolve the issue, are keen on bringing in an Act that is anti-worker,” he said.
The other demands of the committee include the prime minister’s intervention to resolve the issue and revision of wages from January 1 next year.