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Karnataka: 2-day bus strike called off

September 15, 2012 10:34 IST
The two-day old indefinite strike by employees of Karnataka state transport corporations, which had thrown normal life out of gear, was called off on Saturday after the government hammered out a settlement with them. 

State Transport Minister R Ashoka said the strike by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions of State Road Transport Undertakings had been withdrawn with immediate effect following the settlement which would impose an additional burden of Rs 250 crore on the four transport corporations over the next four years.

"Such an agreement was due only in January 2016," he said. 

Ashoka said the unions' main demand for merging the Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) of 76 per cent with the Basic Salary (after the 10 per cent hike) with effect from April 1, 2012, had been accepted.

To address the employees' remaining demands, a committee including their representatives would be formed and within a month, these issues too would be sorted out, Ashoka said. 

The government also agreed to release all those arrested and withdraw notices issued to employees during the strike.

Showcause notices served on trainee employees also would be withdrawn, Ashoka, who holds the Transport portfolio, said. 

However, the demand for absorbing as regular staff thousands of trainees was not immediately acceptable to the government, Ashoka said, adding, they would be paid an additional Rs 1,000 a month from September, which would earn them Rs 8,000 a month.
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