RTC staff union calls strike today

Kochi: RTC staff union calls strike today, A section of representatives of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will strike work on Mon, raising various demands, even as the management informed them of requesting the ‘dies non’ clause (no work no pay).

RTC staff union calls strike today, The INTUC affiliated Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) has made the strike call requiring the appropriate amount of salary, pay revision, disbursement of pending wages, and rolling out of new buses among others.

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Though the management held discussions with the TDF, one of the two established trade unions, on Friday, the same set out to be futile with union president Thampanoor Ravi declining to budge and insisting on the stir.

The protest is supposed to hit the KSRTC services, fundamental and city services, on Monday with the union claiming a 30 per cent representation among the staff.

“Our demands also include the introduction of a health insurance scheme for the staff, implement the driver-cum-conductor system in long haul night services, 

allotment of ETM (Electronic Ticketing Machines), hike in wages of empanelled employees and recruitment of more staff,” Mr Ravi said.

Meanwhile, the management made it clear that it would invoke the ‘dies non’ provision, which means the staff who fails to report for duty will not pay the day’s salary.

“Such strikes will only hamper revival measures being adopted and cut down revenue collection. We’ll pay all the pending dues this month itself,” a senior KSRTC official said.

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