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Contract workers’ strike paralyses govt bus services in south Bengal

Workers not taking out buses from South Bengal State Transport Corporation depots since September 22

PTI | Published 26.09.22, 12:40 PM
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A strike by contract workers of South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) severely affected bus services in the southern and western districts of West Bengal on September 25.

The contract workers, mainly drivers and their assistants, have not been taking out buses from various depots in south Bengal since September 22, demanding equal pay for equal work with regular staff and for making their jobs permanent.

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The striking workers said that they will not join work till their demands are met.

SBSTC chairman Subhas Mondal said that the demands of the workers can be discussed after Kali Puja to reach a solution.

“Bus services should, however, be restored immediately,” he said.

Mondal claimed that the primary objective of the state transport undertaking is to give reliable bus service at an affordable cost to people, including those in remote areas.

“It is wrong to stop the bus services during the Durga Puja season,” he said.

A few buses are being plied by permanent employees of the corporation, but these are negligible in comparison to the regular services.

Last updated on 26.09.22, 12:47 PM
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