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Strike cripples K’taka, govt threatens with ESMA

The indefinite strike launched on Thursday by employees of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has hit lakhs of commuters, particularly students, across the state and the govt has threatened to invoke ESMA if the stir was not called off.

The labour commissioner has already declared the strike 'illegal' under the Industrial Disputes Act 1947, deputy chief minister and transport minister R Ashoka told reporters after a meeting with officials.

Admitting that the strike has affected commuters in several districts, Ashoka said the government has decided to permit private vehicles including maxi cabs to operate at all bus stations to help passengers. 'The wages paid by KSRTC is the highest in the Southern states. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation employees have been given 23 pc hike, but they have been demanding 30 pc in other four KSRTC divisions,’ he said.
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