Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation staff members on Wednesday abstained from work at Joar Shahara bus depot demanding payment of due wages and allowances of several months.
About 80 BRTC buses on several city and adjacent routes did not run on the day causing sufferings to passengers in different areas.
Since morning, drivers, conductors, mechanics and office staffers in the depot locked the main door to obstruct any bus from leaving the depot demanding eight months’ wages and allowances.
Depot manager Md Moniruzzaman said that about 150 staffers joined the protest and the drivers refused to run the buses.
About 80 single and double-decker and air-conditioned buses start from the depot on Abdullahpur-Motijheel, Station Road-Motijheel, Gazipur-Motijheel and Kuril-Panchdona routes daily, he said.
The amount of due wages and allowances of the staffers was approximately Tk 3 crore, he informed.
The situation was due to expenditures exceeding the corporation’s revenue, Moniruzzaman added.
Around midday, BRTC secretary Noor-e-Alam visited the depot to talk to the agitating staffers.
‘We are trying to give them one month’s wages and allowances tomorrow [Thursday] but the staffers are yet to agree to this,’ he said.
According to Bangladesh Economic Review 2017, BRTC’s loss in 2016-2017 fiscal was at Tk 5.05 crore as its operating income was Tk 262.55 crore while operating expenditure was Tk 267.60 crore.
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