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State transport employees on indefinite strike Tomorrow

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The employees of road transport corporations NWKRTC, KSRTC, NEKRTC etc set to go on a strike on wage related issues from April 7The Karnataka government on Tuesday warned of strict action and ruled out any negotiations with them. Noting that most of the demands made by the employees have been addressed despite financial constraints due to COVID-19, the government made it clear that their demand for implementation of the sixth pay commission report for the Road Transport Corporation workers cannot be fulfilled.

Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, also the Transport Minister, on Monday appealed to the state road transport corporation employees not to go ahead with their indefinite strike from April 7, saying the government cannot decide on their demand for a pay hike with the model code of conduct in place for the bypolls.

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But the employees have decided to go ahead with the strike and have sent a letter on their demands to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Savadi. They have also started an online campaign, asking citizens to support them.

“None of the employees, be it drivers, conductors or workshop engineers, will report to their duty from April 7 even if the government enforces Essential Services Maintenance Act,” he said and added that if the government fails to implement the demands the employees are ready to resign en mass after April 13.

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