Pressing their demands for revisions in pay and policies for new recruitments, the employees of Rajasthan Roadways have announced that they will go on a one-day strike on October 27. Almost 13,000 employees of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) will observe a strike across the state to get a redressal from the authorities over their long-pending 11 demands.
The list of demands of the RSRTC employees include revision of pay and pensions in accordance with the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission. Further, they have also demanded that payment of ex-gratia due for four years be made, new recruitments for the vacant 9,000 positions within the department be made and 1,500 buses be purchased.
According to the Joint Morcha of the employees’ unions, the unions have been raising the aforementioned demands among others repeatedly for some time now. However, they have failed to receive any positive response from the authorities till now.
The one-day strike will put a dent of Rs 4 crores in the roadways business. The employee body has also strategically picked the date for their protest strike with the intention of disrupting operations across Rajasthan. The strike will coincide with the preliminary Rajasthan Public Service Commission Administrative Services Exam (RPSC RAS). Just a week ago, the state government had announced that the candidates appearing for the examination will be allowed to travel free of cost. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) was supposed to facilitate candidates with this, by providing round trip buses to the examination centres.