November 18, 2019
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KSRTC Employees calls a 24-hour strike on November 4

On November 4 the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has roped in conductors and drivers on daily wage basis and invoked dies non for the employees not reporting for work in view of the 24-hour strike that began on midnight.

With the empanelled personnel’s service ending in the State transport undertaking with the intervention of the High Court, the KSRTC was forced to depend on the workers on daily wage basis first time to run the fleet on Monday in view of the strike called by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) affiliated Transport Democratic Federation (TDF).

KSRTC official said that The unit officers across the State have been asked to utilize the services of the daily wagers as conductors and drivers on Monday. There is no bar on the KSRTC utilizing the daily wagers on emergencies like the strike.

Instructions have also been given to operate maximum services and to run the stay buses that has patronage among those proceeding to railway stations to catch the early morning inter-city trains.

The KSRTC has invoked dies non for employees not reporting for work on Monday. The Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) is protesting for timely payment of salary, pay revision and payment of pending six installments of dearness allowance among other things.

The KSRTC is also floundering in the dark to mobilize resources to pay the salary for this month. The Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) is also up in arms against the sacking of 3,864 selected conductors, 2107 drivers, 650 clerks, 950 mechanics engaged in body building and 1,661 permanent staff since the Left Democratic Front came to power.

The Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) is one of the two approved trade unions in the State transport undertaking and has drivers and conductors in addition to other personnel from other wings.

The Transport Democratic Federation (TDF), a federation of the Transport Drivers Union and the Transport Workers Union, enjoys support of the 30% of 31,000 employees on the rolls in the KSRTC. The talks between the Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) leaders and the KSRTC management and the Labour Commissioner in the capital to stop the strike failed on Friday.

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