Drivers, conductors threaten indefinite ‘chakka jam’ from Feb 21

Ultimatum to Administration
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Port Blair
17 Feb 2018

Services of the Transport Department is likely to be badly affected across these islands as drivers and conductors engaged by the Department have decided to launch an indefinite strike from February 21. The proposed ‘chakka jam’ , if takes place, will  render the islands’ transport totally out of gear. According to reports, the Govt. Motor Transport Drivers’ Union (GMTDU) affiliated to the Central of Indian Trade Unions has served an ultimatum to the administration to fulfil their long-pending demands or else hundreds of workers from the Transport Department will be left with no other option but to go on strike to press for their demands.
As per reports, the decision to hold the strike was taken in general body meeting of the Union held in January this year. Major demands of the Union include regularisation of services of driver, conductors, skilled and unskilled workers engaged on daily rated basis, who have been serving the department for the past several years, deduction of EPF contribution from the wages of daily rated workers as per EPFO norms and settlement of 1/30th pay arrears to daily rated drivers and conductors as agreed to by the administration in 2015.
“The Department has paid no heed to our legitimate demands for the past several years. Despite being raised at appropriate forums from time to time, the administration has remained indifferent towards the welfare of daily rated workers of the department. Majority of them have served the department diligently for the past many years but their demand of regularisation is yet to be considered by the administration. The decision taken in the general body meeting of the union has been duly communicated to the authorities concerned and if appropriate steps are not taken for redressal of the grievances, we’ve be constrained to go on strike from February 21,” said a member of the Union.