Himachal bus strike hits commuters hard (Lead)June 5th, 2012 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, June 5 (IANS) Employees of the state-run Himachal Road Transport Corp (HRTC), which has over 1,900 buses, Tuesday went on a day’s strike, hitting commuters hard.
Protesting employees said the buses would not ply both within and outside the state.
The employees, who had been protesting for about a week, Monday decided to go on strike after talks with the management failed to end the deadlock.
Their demands include regularization of the contract staff after completion of three years of service and protection of pension benefits.
HRTC is a loss making company but it connects far-flung villages in the hill state with urban areas. Some 2,800 private buses also ply in Himachal Pradesh.
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