Black band protest by transport employees from today

Mysuru, April 1:- Beginning today (April 1), the transport department workers will sport a black band till April 6 to demand implementation of the Sixth Pay commission.

Employees leader Kodihalli Chandrashekar, who spoke to the media a couple of days back in Bengaluru, had said, “Even if the state government thinks in terms of enforcing Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), we are not scared. If nothing comes through by April 6, transportation will come to a standstill from April 7.”

He said, “Beginning today (April 1), all the employees will be wearing a black band to drive home a point. From April 2, they will be selling coffee, tea, ‘bajji and bonda’ at public places to draw the attention of the state government. We have to wait and see how the government is going to respond to our demands.”

“The state government has invited the employees for another round of talks and if the demands are met, the indefinite protest that has been planned from April 7 may be withdrawn. The Sixth Pay Commission has to be implemented and our stance is very clear.”

Mysuru city and suburban KSRTC bus operators were wearing black bands as a mark of protest. (MR/KS)


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