HRTC employees called off week long protest


HRTC employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) today decided to call of week long protest, as management agreed to concede their main demands during the seventh round of talk, held in Shimla yesterday.

Mr. Rajinder Thakur, General Secretary of HRTC JAC said, ” All the services have been restored since today onwards as management accepted their main demands also assured to fulfill it after completing formalities as HRTC was under ambit of election code and conduct.” This was seventh round of talk between the state government, HRTC management and employees as the two already agreed on most of their demands but employees forced to protest after three months again as management did not conceded their demand in the time bound manner, Mr. Thakur added.

Since November 20, employees were pressing to follow work to rule strictly after working for only eight hours in a day as management was not releasing their overtime dues.Earlier employees have also threatened to go on mass weekly leave which was under the provisions of their service. The week long protest by the employees hampered the fleet of 550 Public transport services daily, creating trouble to commoners.

HRTC is facing acute shortage of staff as about 500 posts of conductors, 200 drivers, 1000 technical staffs and 400 clerical staff are laying vacant, forcing the staff to work for more than stipulated eight hours but public transport now accepted to give Rs. 92 over time per night to each employee who would exceed their duty hours.

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