Karnataka govt talks powerful, rules out negotiation on RTC employees strike
The State authorities has dominated out any negotiation with Road Transport Corporation (RTC) employees, who’re all set to go on an indefinite strike from Thursday, demanding implementation of the sixth pay fee on par with different authorities employees. The authorities additionally warned of “all possible action within the legal framework” in opposition to the placing employees.
Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar, talking to media individuals after a gathering on the difficulty with Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa on Wednesday, mentioned: “There is not any query of treating RTC employees like different state authorities employees and implementing sixth pay fee. The authorities has as a substitute finalised a pay hike of 8% to RTC employees which we’re able to implement, however for the mannequin code of conduct in pressure because of the bypolls.
“I have already written to the Election Commission of India seeking their permission to implement the pay hike in light of the proposed indefinite strike from April 7. If they permit, the pay hike will be implemented immediately. If not, after the bypolls. But for this we have decided there will be no negotiation and the strike will be dealt with strictly. The chief minister is clear on this,” he mentioned, including that implementing Essential Services Management Act (ESMA), was additionally into account.
He added that the RTCs have been reeling underneath extreme losses already because of the discount in ridership since final 12 months because of the pandemic. “All RTCs combined, the government is incurring a loss of ₹4 crore everyday. The government has provided ₹2100 crore in the last one year to RTCs and ensured all employees are paid salaries on time without any paycut. We appeal to RTC employees to be considerate and not go on strike from Thursday,” the chief secretary mentioned.
He additional introduced that every one alternate preparations together with interesting railways to run particular trains and permitting personal buses, maxicabs to run routes, can be made to mitigate the inconvenience brought about to the general public.