Will Intensify Protest If Demands Not Met: Transport Workers

by Urvat Il Wuska

SRINAGAR: Road Transport Corporation workers staged a protest on Thursday at Press Enclave under the Banner of J&K Road Transport Corporation Workers Union demanding the release of pending salaries.

J&K Road Transport Corporation Workers Union on Thursday staged a protest demonstration in the press colony, Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Scores of the workers affiliated with SRTC which include drivers and other workers gathered at Press Colony, shouting slogans and holding placards in their hands that reads “Frontline Workers are without salary” and “Regularize Service of Consolidated Employees”.

Protestors said that despite working as frontline workers during a pandemic are without salary from last four months.

They also demanded implementation of 7th pay commission, implementation of SRO-43 in light of Board of Directors Decision, concrete steps to ensure recovery of money of RTC pending with intending agencies, DPC of all cadres and deposition of unremitted CPF of employees.

More demands included the release of long pending trip money of crew, adjustment Fuel Challans issued during the election and other duties and release of post retrial benefits in favour of retired employees.

“The denial of salary has multiplied our sufferings so to get relieved from the mental agony we want the government to release our salaries,” they said, adding that they already tried to convey their message through various mediums but the management pays no attention.

Workers Union Chairman Wajahat Hussain said if their demands are not fulfilled soon then there will be more protests.

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