Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, July 25
Upset over the non-fulfilment of their demands, contractual workers’ union of the PUNBUS and the PRTC on Sunday announced to shut the bus stand on July 26. The government and PRTC buses will also remain off road for two hours between 10am-12pm.
The workers in a joint meeting today announced to observe two days unofficial holiday from August 3-4, next month.
“Despite submitting memorandum to the government on several occasions and raising our demands, the government failed to meet our demands.Therefore, we have no other option left but to intensify our protest,” said, Resham Singh Gill, president of the contractual and outsource workers union.
Apart from that the union members will also hold three-day state level strike from August 9-11 and gherao the residences of CM Amarinder Singh and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
As many as 7,500 contractual and outsource workers are working in Punjab Roadways and the PRTC. In the district, the workers strength is nearly 450. It is decreasing every month due to the negligence of the Transport Department. Jasbir Singh, the district general secretary of the Thekha Mulazim Union, said we are seeking regularisation for the past several years but to no avail. The government seems to have turned its blind eye towards us. The strikes and protest would continue to be intensified, unless our demands were met, added Jasbir.
The demands of the workers include fleet of at least 10,000 buses considering the free travel to the women and the population of the state, the contractual employees of PUNBUS and PRTC should be regularised in their respective departments, implementation of Supreme Court’s equal pay for equal work, repeal the condition of the report and reinstating the employees.
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