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KTC Workers Should be given status of Covid Warriors too who worked when private buses were closed : Christopher Fonseca

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Panaji : Christopher Fonseca Union Leader slammed the government for not giving Covid Warrior status to KTC workers who work silently during Pandemic risking their lives when private buses were closed. “These workers are Covid worriers too, they risked their lives travelling from state to state serving the people and they should be given various incentives.” said Fonseca who is on a one day hunger strike along with KTC Drivers and Allied Employees Association (AITUC).

Foncesa lamented contending that 7th pay commission is due from January 2016 but the government has implemented it from November 2018, “This is injustice on KTC workers they should be given payme for their toil, Hon’ble Supreme Court has asserted Equal Pay for Equal Work but government is least bothered about these workers” said Fonseca. The Union also gave the option of paying in installments to workers instead of paying a lump-sum amount.

In 5 last years more than 500 workers have retired but the government has not filled these vacancies. ” Fifteen Thousand  salary is given to  badli drivers, even overnight salary is the same which is too less. In reality these drivers should get twenty five thousand.  they are working with less salary with the hopes that they will be made permanent.” said Fonseca
As the Government plas on going electric by introducing 50 electric buses in Goa for public transport Fonseca says “they want to outsource these buses with no assurance of permanency to drivers, we condemn this move and demand that all drivers be made permanent in the 50 electric buses”
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