PANAJI: United Balrath Employees Union today has given the state government a 15 days ultimatum to fulfil their series of demands, including a salary hike.
The union has also threatened a strike if the demands are not fulfilled within the next 15 days.
“We have given a 15 days ultimatum to the government to fulfil our demands which are Job security, hike in Salary, PF benefits and insurance for the Employees,” said the United Balrath Employees Union.
Social Activists Swati Kerkar alleged that by not absorbing the employees into the regular workforce, the government treating as bonded labourers.
She also claimed that the workers have been pushed to take this decision since the government has ignored their pleas and many memorandums demanding higher salaries and regularising their services.
“Around 844 employees are working on 422 Bal Rath 422 buses that are utilised by 326 schools in Goa. We demand that the government listen to our plight,” they said.
“Since 2016, we have launched an agitation on the issue but were told to withdraw the strike with a promise. Last year in September, we took an an appointment with the Chief Minister with the help of Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude; the Chief Minister assured us to fulfil our demand, but later COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation and State, and it remained pending,” he mentioned.