After talks between KSRTC Ernakulam depot officials and employees failed, an indefinite strike called by CITU-affiliated employees began at Ernakulam depot on Friday night.
Such a move taken by the employees belonging to the Kerala State Road Transport Employees Association (KSRTEA), who constitute a major chunk of drivers and conductors at the depot, is expected to badly affect the public in the coming days.
With PSC LD clerk exams scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon, the authorities have been left with no option but to rope in drivers and conductors from neighbouring depots to rein in the situation.
Ernakulam Zonal Officer Premakumar said the demands brought by the employees cannot be solved at the zonal level.
“Issues such as decreasing the running time and filling up vacancies of the conductors should cannot be solved at the zonal level. We have informed the authorities at the head office in Thiruvananthapuram. It is now their call to resolve the issues,” he said. He said that the KSRTEA move at such a crucial time, when the Sabarimala season is at full swing as well as the PSC exams are to be held on Saturday, is not fair on the public.
In order to maintain the situation, the officials have roped in 20 conductors from Kollam. Also, drivers from other depots are being called in for operation of the services.
Ernakulam ATO C K Radhakrishnan said even though they had pressed the union to call off the strike, there has been no positive response so far from their side.