Commuters faced trouble as buses of the Punjab roadways and the PRTC went off roads following the all-India strike call given by various trade organisations on Wednesday.
The employees raised slogans against the Centre and the state government and were opposing the labour laws. The unions gathered at the Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminal, Ludhiana, and blocked the roads for more than three hours, which left the commuters stranded.
It was a statewide protest as the meeting with the Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar failed to yield any result on Tuesday. The unions were demanding to amend labour laws and increase salary of daily wagers accordingly. Besides, seeking regularisation of their contractual jobs, the striking employees seek an end to "unnecessary" deductions from their salaries, imposition of an eight-hour working schedule for both regular and contractual employees, an inquiry against corrupt general managers presently working at various depots, an immediate end to monopoly of private bus operators and assignment of duties to contractual employees according to seniority list.
As per the information available, the bus service crippled as most of the buses remained off roads paralysing services from Ludhiana to Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Phagwara and Hoishairpur. Ankita Mehra, a student, said, "With the strike of buses, I was not able to reach my school today. Private buses were plying on the roads but they were so crowded that I did not dare to enter the buses today."
Sushil Chopra, a resident of Ghumar Mandi, said, "I have to go to Chandigarh for an interview today but due to strike by the PRTC and the Punjab roadways I missed the interview. There was traffic chaos on the Bharat Nagar Chowk and I was stuck there for two hours."