Bengaluru: Travelling public are likely to be inconvenienced as unions representating the state-run transport corporations (STCs) have given a call for an indefinite strike across the state from Sunday evening, demanding a hike in wages.
As many as 23,000 government buses will stay off the roads, including in Bengaluru. A total of 1.23 lakh employees working in the four STCs – Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, North-Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation and North-Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation – will join the strike.
KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation general secretary H V Anantha Subbarao said no long-route buses from the Bengaluru depot would be allowed to operate. However, buses from other depots will ply as usual. Subbarao said a meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday failed to resolve the pay hike issue. “We were hoping that the government would invite us for another round of discussion on Saturday. But it did not happen.”
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the hike given to the employees of the STCs in the state were higher compared with those in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.
Karnataka government on Sunday declared two-day holidays for students of both private and government schools from July 25. The decision was taken in view of bus strike called by KSRTC and BMTC bus workers who have been demanding for a 15% hike in DA. The Indian Vehicle Drivers Trade Union with a strength of over 1 lakh drivers has also decided to support the indefinite strike from Monday.
To a halt
- n Government transport services within the city and to other parts of the state will be hit
- n Around 23,000 buses will stay off the roads
- n No long-distance buses will be allowed to ply from Sunday evening
- n KSRTC has promised to refund advance ticket fare if buses don’t ply on Sunday evening
- Schools to take decision
Associated Managements of English Medium Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) has declared that its member private unaided schools will function on Monday. “Schools which are dependent on government transportation have the discretion to declare a holiday,” Shashi Kumar D, general secretary, KAMS, said.
Trains would run at a higher frequency depending on the passengers demand, said U A Vasanth Rao, spokesperson, BMRCL. “All our staff will be at work in different metro stations to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to the commuters,” he added.