City bus staff on strike, no bus service from today
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The city bus service will remain completely suspended on Tuesday as all drivers and conductors went on strike from Monday evening.
The staff is protesting against the decision of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation to shift them to Pune-based firm Prasanna Purple Mobility Services which has started managing city bus service from December 1 onwards.
The staff is demanding continuation of their contracts under the Ludhiana MC only and not the private firm.
However, their one-year contract with the MC expired on November 15 and the MC is now not ready to extend their contracts under its purview.
All staff members went on strike at Zone A MC headquarters on Monday while the MC hired some temporary drivers to run a few buses.
However, later in the day, the drivers and conductors hired by the contractors also decided to join the protesting staff and said that they were not being paid according to the norms.
Tajinder Singh, vice-president of City Bus Service Workers' Union, said, "No city bus would ply on roads in Ludhiana from Tuesday. Till the time MC extends our contracts, we would not return to our duties. Also, the staff that was hired by the contractor has joined us."
Baljit Singh, manager of the city bus service, said the contractor had agreed to pay more than what the MC was paying. However, the drivers' demand for a salary of Rs 15,000 was not acceptable.