Bus services in most parts of Karnataka suffered a major setback on Friday as road transport corporations (RTC) employees entered the third day of an indefinite strike. The employees of the Road Transport Corporation decided to go on strike from April 7 on wage-related issues.
With the government reiterating on Thursday evening that it was not possible to meet their demand to implement the Sixth Pay Commission report, Road Transport Corp employees have decided to continue the strike.
As employees of all four transport corporations did not attend duty, roads throughout the state, including Bengaluru, remained closed and daily commuters were affected. Travelers traveling to far-flung areas and offices were the most affected. Private buses, minibuses, maxi cabs and other passenger transport vehicles were seen providing services to stranded passengers in various parts of the city and the state.
However, the number of passengers using private buses remained small in the city as people were seen using their vehicles or using cabs, metros and auto-rickshaws, especially in city areas, private operators. he said.
RTCs which are warning employees to continue the strike have started taking action against the trainee employees and are issuing notice to be absent from work.