Buses stay off the road in Uttara Kannada following trade unions strike

Source: DHNS | Published on 9th January 2019, 4:04 PM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Karwar: Demanding withdrawal of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, implementation of the Security Act for the labourers working in the unorganised sector of the Transport Department and others, trade unions called for a two-day strike.

The strike received a mixed response in Karwar on Tuesday, the first day of the strike. CITU, BSNL employees, Uttara Kannada district Bank Employees Association, Autorickshaw & Tempo Association and various other organisations extended support to the bandh.

As a precautionary measure, the services of NWKRTC buses had been suspended. Even the city buses remained idle. Tempo and autorickshaws were operated limited in number. Schools, colleges, various nationalised banks including SBI, BSNL offices also remained shut. However, essential services like milk shops, hotels, petrol pumps, fish market and other shops remained open.

The protesters took out a protest rally from Maladevi temple ground and assembled at Ambedkar Circle after passing through Kodibag Road and Green Street. There they formed a human chain and raised slogans against the anti-labour policies of the government.

They demanded minimum wages of Rs 18,000 for labourers of unorganised sector, to regularise the job of contract workers, equal wages for equal pay,

CITU State unit Secretary Yamuna Gaonkar, SFI district unit president Ganesh Rathod, Uttara Kannada district Bank Employees Association General Secretary Vasudev Shet, hundreds of anganwadi and Asha workers participated in the protest.

In other places

In Sirsi, all the activities were normal except for the suspension of the bus services. Bus services on more than 450 routes in Uttara Kannada district had been suspended. All the buses supposed to go to rural areas and other places had been parked in the depot itself. Later, the staff of NWKRTC staged a protest and expressed their ire against the Union government. Another protest by Asha workers, anganwadi workers, mid-day meal workers, postal workers, pharmacists and distributors, hamali workers was staged at Post Circle. Hospitals, ambulance, hotels and shops functioned normally.

Meanwhile, NWKRTC Divisional Controller Abdul Khuddus said that bus services will be normal on Wednesday. 

In Mundgod, an anganwadi assistant died while taking part in the protest on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as 57-year-old Shanta Basavanaeppa Chakrasali who was working with Shidlagundi anganwadi. The worker vomited while the procession was going on. She was immediately taken to the hospital but she died after some time. The other women gathered around the hospital and shed tears. Women & Child Development Department Deputy Director Rajendra Bekal visited the hospital and assured of getting compensation from the government.

The strike received a partial response in Ankola, Kumta, Bhatkal, Honnavar, Yellapur and other places. Protests were staged at Dandeli and Haliyal also.

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