The Motor Transport and Engineering Workers’ Union, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU), representing the staff, has urged bus owners as well as the district administration to pay at least Rs. 1,100 a day to drivers and Rs. 1,000 a day to conductors as salary, besides other benefits.

A release here said that while bus owners were reaping the benefits of increased fares, they were ignoring the just demands of the staff. Besides increased pay, the staff should also be provided provident fund scheme, benefits of employees’ insurance scheme, gratuity, hospital expenditure and uniform.

Bus operators claimed that they were paying “a good salary” to the employees. One of the office-bearers of D.K. Bus Operators’ Association told The Hindu that majority of the operators were paying Rs. 1,000 a day (for 24-hour duty) to the employees, amounting to at least Rs. 15,000 per month.

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