KSRTC strike: CM threatens ESMA

Siddaramaiah says that the demands of KSRTC employees of a 35 percent hike was unreasonable.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the state government was unable to fulfil the demand of KSRTC employees and his government had done its best for their welfare. Speaking to reporters at his residence before leaving to Bengaluru, the CM said that the demand of KSRTC employees was for a 35 percent hike in salary.

“We have tried to address this issue by giving 8 to 10 percent hike. 35 percent is unreasonable. If the employees continue the strike, the government will be forced to invoke the provisions of Essential Services Maintenance Act or the ESMA,” he threatened.

Advising he KSRTC staff not to go on a strike, the CM said that the safety and the interests of the public was of paramount importance to the government and the government would do whatever possible to prevent passenger inconvenience, he said.

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