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KSRTC staff federation meeting this month

HUBLI: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Staff and Workers’ Federation has charged the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and the four transport corporations with violating human rights of the working class.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, working president of the federation Siddanagouda Patil, general secretary H.V. Anantasubbarao and vice-presidents M.D. Doddagoudra and V. Joseph complained that the workers of the transport corporations were being treated badly by the officialdom of late.

Mr. Siddanagouda Patil said that the elections that were due to be held in 1996 for giving official recognition to the employees’ union had not been conducted till date. “Although our federation got official recognition in 1995, no industrial agreement had been signed between the federation and the corporation till date,” he said.

Mr. Patil alleged that the officials of the transport corporations were ill-treating the workers and were forcing them to do additional work, without properly giving them monetary benefits. He said the harassment of women employees at the work place had increased over a period of time and even the employees were not allowed to avail themselves of their rightful leave.

He said in the last two months three workers had committed suicide in Bijapur and Athani division of the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, unable to tolerate the alleged harassment and ill-treatment at the workplace. Although memoranda had been submitted to the authorities concerned, no requisite measures had been taken so far, he said.

In view of all these issues, the federation had decided to approach the State Human Rights Commission, he said.

Mr. Anantasubbarao said that the federation was opposed to “backdoor privatisation” measures being implemented by the various transport corporations in the State. It would be forced to take the path of agitation, if such measures were not withdrawn immediately.

Meeting

Mr. Patil said the three-day central executive meeting of the federation would be held in Bangalore from March 26 where the next course of action on the various issues affecting the workers and the corporation would be taken.

Meanwhile, the federation would appeal to the State road transport corporation to formulate a policy to protect the human rights of the workers, he said.

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