Roadways

KSRTC-operated Volvo buses keep off city roads

KOCHI

KSRTC-volvo-busEighty per cent of KSRTC-operated Volvo buses kept off the roads on Saturday as part of a protest call by the CITU-affiliated Kerala State Road Transport Emp l o y e e s As s o c i a t i o n (KSRTEA) here. Only six out of the 50 AC Volvo buses were operated throughout the day, putting passengers in the lurch.

According to sources, the strike was called to protest against the zonal-level decision to implement a High Court order which directed officials to give preference to drivers who are exclusively trained to drive Volvo buses, whenever the working timetable is reworked. In 2009, 13 drivers were handpicked by the management and sent to Bangalore and given training by Volvo company.

However, due to trade union pressure, the management did not appoint the exclusively-trained drivers for the job initially. Following this, the drivers went to the court and a decision was taken in their favour.

Full report here New Indian Express

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