Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 14
The contractual employees of state transport undertakings – Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) and PUNBUS, on Tuesday, introduced to name off their indefinite strike. The announcement got here after the protesting employees had held a gathering with senior authorities officers.
The announcement to end the strike is a huge relief to the commuters, who had been on the receiving end of the strike for a very long time. Due to the strike, solely 25-30 per cent of the buses of PRTC had been on the roads, and chaotic scenes had been commonplace at numerous bus stands through the strike.
Confirming the event, Resham Singh, state president of the contractual employees’ union of PRTC, PUNBUS, and Punjab Roadways, mentioned that they’d resume their duties from tomorrow.
He mentioned the federal government had assured them to enhance their month-to-month salaries by 30 per cent.
He mentioned, “Drivers will now get round Rs 18,100 per thirty days,” mentioned the union chief after assembly with officers.
He additional knowledgeable that the federal government had additionally agreed to enhance their month-to-month wage by 5 per cent – yearly.
As to the enhancement within the variety of buses, Harkesh Kumar, union chief, mentioned the federal government had given a phrase that they’d quickly add round 700 buses to Punjab Roadways whereas 275 buses to PRTC.
Notably, PRTC, which had already been reeling beneath the poor fiscal situation owing to the Covid induced lockdown, has been beneath huge monetary losses due to the present strike. It has been learnt that PRTC confronted a lack of round Rs 10 crore due to the strike.
Meanwhile, protesting employees mentioned that the federal government had sought a time-window of per week to resolve on the problem of regularisation of the employees.
Harkesh mentioned, “We have given them two weeks to resolve on the regularisation. If the federal government fails to take a choice even after two weeks, we are going to once more go on strike.”