HRTC employees’ call off plans of going on mass leave on Nov 26

HRTC employees’ call off plans of going on mass leave on Nov 26

Shimla/ Nov 25

After getting assurance from the state government the Joint Coordination Committee of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) called off its protest demonstration scheduled on November 26.

A special meeting between secretary Transport and JCC members have been scheduled on November 26 to discuss various demands.

It is to be noted that to mark protest HRTC employees already have decided to resort to the principal of work- to-rule.

All the drivers and conductors of the HRTC are performing duty for only eight hours since November 20.This has forced the HRTC management to suspend hundreds of bus routes daily in the state .

The HRTC is already facing a shortage of around 2000 drivers and conductors.

As the bus services are the only medium of transportation for the people in the state, the population in the rural areas of the state is worst affected with the crippling of bus services.

The decision to go on protest was taken by Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of HRTC employees after failure of talks with the government and management to resolve the impasse over various long pending demands. The meeting called to discuss demands of HRTC employees with the management held on November 19 was failed.

In HRTC more than 4000 drivers and conductors are playing crucial role in providing bus services to the people of the state.

“The state government had agreed to grant dearness allowance to all contractual employees, give grade pay and 4-9-14 time scale, regularise the service of contractual employees after six years, pay for overtime, recruit more staff to ease work and allow weekly offs and holidays,” JCC president of HRTC, Shankar Singh said.

He added that the HRTC management has not met any of these demands. No contractual employee has been regularised, night allowance and overtime payment have not been paid as per the agreement and weekly offs are not being allowed due to shortage of staff, employee leader added.

JCC leader said all HRTC employees are united and determined to meet their demands.