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Section of Haryana roadways employees calls off strike

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:26

Chandigarh: A section of Roadways employees union in Haryana on Tuesday called off their strike, which was called in support of various demands, including abolishment of contractual system, after a meeting with the state government.

Last night, at least five different unions of roadways employees had a four-hour long marathon meeting with Industry Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala at his residence here, officials said today.
The meeting started at 12 in the midnight and ended at around 3.45 am in the wee hours.

"After the successful completion of meeting with the representatives of Haryana government, the unions called off their strike," Haryana roadways employees coordination committee member Dalbir Nehra said.

"The talks with Haryana government have yielded positive results on their demands," he said.

All Haryana Roadways workers union, Haryana Roadways combined employees organisation, Roadways Karamchari union, Haryana roadways workers union and Haryana roadways ministerial staff association participated in the meeting.

However, another union - Haryana roadways Karamchari Sangh - led by Sarvat Singh Poonia said that the strike call off is "partial."

He claimed that buses of some depots including Fatehabad, Sirsa, Jhajjar, Jind, Mewat, Hisar and Faridabad are not operating today.

"Our union has a strength of some 10,000 employees and they are continuing with their strike by not plying buses," he said.

Besides Surjewala, others in the meeting were Transport Minister Aftab Ahmed, Deputy Principal Secretary to CM, RS Doon.

Surjewala said that the meeting was "fruitful and both employees and the government has reached at a common agreements on several issues concerning roadways employees."

"Now the Haryana roadways employees union have withdrawn their strike," Surjewala said.

The state government is committed to regularise 8,500 contractual employees with the roadways, Surjewala said.

All the roadways employees since 2003 will get salaries but not the arrears, he said, adding the department will take a decision on private routes soon.
Haryana Sarv Karamchari Sangh General Secretary Subash Lamba also claimed that power supply had been effected in districts of Hisar, Jind, Faridabad, Jhajjar and Mewat.

Lamba said that the government had not acceded to their prime demand of cancellation of 3,519 route permits to private bus operators across Haryana.

Haryana roadways has a fleet of some 4000 buses and its employees strength is 18000.

Over two lakh employees of the state government, boards and corporations have been pressing for various demands, including abolishment of contractual system and outsourcing of work, filling up of vacancies, regularisation of part-time employees, and cancellation of 3,519 permits to private bus operators.

First Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:26

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