The joint action committee of Punjab roadways employees held a protest rally outside the district administrative complex on Tuesday for their long pending demands and burnt chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's effigy.
The members of the committee alleged that despite frequent meetings with the CM and the state transport minister, the government failed to give them a satisfactory response.
Their demands included merging of a fleet of 571 debt-free Punbuses to the mainstream Punjab Roadways, and to provide jobs to the family members of roadways employees who had died in mishap.
All India Trade Union Congress state secretary Avtar Singh pointed out that private bus services had expanded on a large scale in the state as they were mostly owned by politicians. But, the number of government buses was decreasing, he said.
The agitators said they would hold a massive protest and stop buses for two hours by blocking the Jalandhar bus stand on Thursday if their demands were not accepted soon.