PRTC contractual employees end their 29-day long strike

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 19:18 IST

Contractual employees of Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) ended their 29-day long strike on Monday after the district administration officials ensured them to fix their meeting with the transport secretary Anurag Aggarwal before October 10.

The contractual employees have been demanding regularisation of their services as well as abolition of the contract system.

Accompanied by representatives of PRTC Workers' Union (Azad), subdivisional magistrate Gurpal Singh Chahal held a meeting with cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, who assured the employees to talk about their demands with the state government.

Rakhra also assured them to fix a meeting with Aggarwal before October 10.

The members of the union were protesting since September 1 at Rajesh pilot memorial park. On September 10, the district administration uprooted their tents and admitted one of the members Inderjit Singh, who was sitting on hunger strike, to Rajindra hospital.

Besides abolition of the contract system, the employees are demanding rejoining of terminated workers, to start 500 new buses, transfer monopolistic general managers and cancellation of false cases against the contractual employees.

"Though we have decided to call off our 29-day long strike but we will carry protest marches everyday until the district administration ensures our meeting with the transport secretary," said Babbu Sharma, a representative of the union.

Meanwhile, hunger strike of the PRTC pensioners entered into 10th consecutive day on Monday. The pensioners have not been paid for the past four months.

Ruing ignorance towards their demands, the pensioners under the banner of PRTC Pensioners Association continued their strike at local bus stand.

Bhagwant Singh, state president of the association, said the state government and the PRTC authorities are harassing senior citizens by not giving pending dues and monthly pension as well as by forcing them to sit on hunger strikes.

"The PRTC authorities must give us pensions from daily basis income instead of waiting for funds from the Punjab government," he said.

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