Transport Minister Antony Raju will meet with KSRTC unions today
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju will hold talks with Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) unions on Monday on timely payment of wages.
Employment unions have called on the state government to ensure wages are paid by the 5th of every month.
Although the unions have spoken with the managing director of KSRTC, Biju Prabhakar, he insisted that assurance on the matter will have to come from the minister. As the Minister of Transport had been reluctant to engage in the demand earlier, the unions are worried about the outcome of the talks on Monday.
The KSRTC employees’ union had been at odds with management for weeks over the non-payment of wages.
To resolve the crisis, the Kerala government had recently sanctioned Rs 30 crore to the Corporation. In addition to this amount, the debt-ridden common carrier also resorted to overdraft of Rs 42 crore from banks and Rs 7 crore from its own funds.
KSRTC authorities maintained that the salary payment was delayed this time due to public holidays last week due to Good Friday and Vishu. This prevented the timely transfer of Rs 30 crore that the government had passed on, officials said.
Previously, some unions had called a strike citing KSRTC’s mismanagement and non-payment of wages.