Bus services to hit in Kerala as KSRTC starts 24-hour strike today

Thiruvananthapuram: Commuters were disrupted by a day-long strike called by a group of Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) employees who demanded that their salaries be paid on schedule.

Despite the state government's dies-non, employees affiliated with opposition trade unions such as Kerala Transport Employees Sangh (KSTES) and Transport Democratic Federation (TDF) have been on strike since midnight last night. Striking employees will not be paid for the day if dies-non is implemented.

Because the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), a left-wing trade union, was not participating in the protest, the management endeavoured to run as many buses as possible to minimise public inconvenience.  Commuters were greatly inconvenienced by the cancellation of long-distance services. Those who rely solely on public transportation were the hardest hit.

Employees went on strike after talks with the administration failed to resolve their demand for wage disbursement before the fifth of every month. The strike, according to Transport Minister Antony Raju, will exacerbate the KSRTC's financial situation.

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