About 9,000 Himachal Pradesh Roadways Transport Corporation employees went on a one-day strike
today, affecting more than 1,900 bus services following statewide strike called by employees joint coordination committee (JCC) as parleys between the state government and staff to sort out the differences failed.
No public transport was on the road since morning and employees gathered at respective ISBT and local bus stands in the state under the banner of JCC of HRTC to press their charter of demands comprising conversion of HRTC into state roadways, strictly enforcing work to rule, removing shortage of employees and timely release of pending dues of employees.
JCC general secretary Rajinder Singh Thakur told UNI that the strike was total as no HRTC service plied on the road.
He said the parleys failed on Monday as the state government and HRTC managment did not concede their demands despite Corporation's 'ultimatum' of statewide strike before the talk.
A massive rally was organised at old ISBT in Shimla by the striking employees which was addressed by the employees' leaders stressing their demand and shouting slogan against the management and the state government.
Employees' demand charter includes converting HRTC into Roadways, timely release of Rs 70 crore financial dues of employees pending since 2006 and filling of 3,000 vacant posts.
"Many functional posts were lying vacant in the HRTC as the management was recruiting people on paltry sums on temporary basis," Thakur said. He said 'work to rule' should be strictly enforced
in the state as the management relies on existing strength who work for more than eight hours, defying the rule of maximum duty period which could result in road accidents.
Earlier, HRTC employees had also observed token strike against the management and state government but it did not paid any heed to their demands to enforce work to rule for each employee, he said, adding that permanent recruitment of employees should be done and government should abolish the part-time recruitments.
All employee unions like CITU, AITUCE, INTUC and BMS were supporting the demands of HRTC employees.