Karnataka government has annouced a 12.5% hike in wages for transport employees following an indefinite strike which had normal life in the state. The employees have now called off the strike.
Karnataka government has annouced a 12.5% hike in wages for transport employees following an indefinite strike which had normal life in the state. The employees have now called off the strike. The government had offered a 10% hike initially against which more than 1 lakh transport employees went on a strike since Sunday midnight. They had around 40 demands including a wage hike of 35%. The strike made the city life erratic, as more people brought out their private vehicles. In the state capital Bangalore, cabs and rickshaws were in high demand and government had made measures to put a check on the surge in prices. There was also a shut down of schools and colleges, as public transport stayed shut. Even the Bangalore University had postponed its examinations.
A PIL was also filed against the way government employees strike which brings life in a state to a standstill. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah had postponed his Delhi visit and clarified that the corporations were not in a position to increase the wages more than 10%. The employees also demanded better working conditions by reducing working hours and an increase in the daily allowance by 15%, the workers are demanding better working conditions, particularly a reduction in working hours.
By increasing the wage from 10% to 12.5% surely indicates some negotiations on the table, as the employees got a hike and government has also sent a message that they cannot hold a city to ransom by calling an indefinite strike. Government did not invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the transport employees.