Punjab Roadways Bus Strike: 3,000 state-roadways employees begin 3 days strike, commuters struggle: Nearly 3,000 employees of the state-owned Punjab Roadways went on a three-day strike on Tuesday, as they demanded the regularisation of their services. Among their other demands, the employees of the Punjab Roadways have also demanded a raise in their salaries.
More than 1,500 buses stayed off the road across Punjab, causing inconvenience to passengers. Under the banner of Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual workers union, the protesters are mostly drivers and conductors.
“Contractual employees have been working for the past several years but they have not been regularised,” said a protesting member of the union in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Amid the strike, protesters halted the movement of buses of Punjab Roadways and Punbus to ply in several towns and cities. They claimed that drivers and conductors were being paid a meager amount of Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per month as salaries.
The protesters held demonstrations at several bus depots including the ones at Ludhiana and Amritsar and did not allow the movement of buses. They also raised slogans against the state government for not acceding to their long pending demands.
Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Moga were the worst affected places in Punjab.
According to the officials, bus services on inter-state routes and within the state were affected.
The state administration deployed police force at the bus depots to prevent any untoward incident. Contractual workers have also threatened to ‘gherao’ the residence of Punjab Transport minister Razia Sultana at Malerkotla in Sangrur on July 3 as part of their protest.