The Punjab Roadways Employees' Joint Action Committee members on Tuesday staged a protest against the department to press for the acceptance of their demands which include staffers' promotion, merger of loan-free buses with the roadways fleet and non-implementation of road safety bill. The protest was held at the Punjab Roadways Ludhiana Depot on Tuesday.
Hundreds of members of the joint action committee and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) gathered at the depot and raised slogans against the state government and the transport department for "ignoring"their demands.
While addressing the gathering, committee's secretary Manjeet Singh Gill said, "We have been raising our demands for the last several months but these seem to have fallen on deaf ears as no concrete action has been taken."
"As promised, the transport department has not merged all the loan-free buses with the roadways bus fleet and introduction of new buses seems far from getting materialised. The employees of the roadways are infuriated over the apathetic attitude adopted by the authorities. If this continues, we will soon carry out a state-wide protest at Dhuri,"he added.
While addressing the gathering, AITUC general secretary Pardeep Singh said, "The road safety bill has several discrepancies. If passed, it will certainly have wider repercussions and the employees will have to bear the brunt."
He added that the promotions of many employees who have been serving the department for years are stalled for a prolonged period for no reason. The members of the union criticised the "unfriendly and irresponsible"behavior of the state transport department.