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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Buses to ply despite call for strike

Panaji: Even after major trade unions in Goa appealed to associations and employee unions to participate in the nationwide general strike on Friday, transport services will continue to operate. "Though the strike is expected to be nationwide, it will not have a very powerful impact in Goa," a transport official told TOI.
In a call for solidarity for the strike, people employed in various factories, industries, port and dock, mines, government offices, semi-government offices and banks were requested to participate.
This was in support of demands to oppose anti-labour policies of the present government.

This also included Kadamba state corporation limited's (KTCL) drivers and allied employees association, which is affiliated with the trade union.
"KTC is only offering moral support. There will be no participation in the strike or paralyzing of services. Some union members may join the morcha, but operations will continue," said managing director, KTCL, Derek Nato Pereira.
While the state transport services are likely to function, private operators will also ply their buses on Friday.
General secretary, all Goa private bus owners association, Sudeep Tamankar said, "We have not been notified about any strike. There will be no participation on our part, therefore. Private buses will continue to operate."
Attacking the government's initiatives on labour reforms, the unions have demanded that the process of amending existing labour laws be stopped. They have also demanded the withdrawal of the road transport safety Bill and abolishment of contract labour system in all perennial and permanent jobs operations in government and private establishments, among other things.

TOI Goa News

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