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Roadways union withdraw protest, to return to work today

The Roadways union and Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) finally reached an agreement on Thursday on the second day of the state-wide protest by the roadways workers.

According to the general manager (operations) of UTC Deepak Jain, the union and the corporation has settled the matter mutually owing to which the union members have withdrawn the protest and will return to work from Friday. Kamal Papnay, the president of the Uttaranchal Roadways Karamchari Union (URKU) stated that the corporation has accepted their demands and have promised to issue one-month salary of workers immediately this month while the four months’ salary will be paid by March with the help of supplementary budget expected to be issued by the State Government to the corporation. Moreover, the corporation also assured the union to settle the issues related to Dehradun roadways division within three days. The union members asserted that the UTC also promised to take the final decision on the case of Kotdwar depot after investigating the case in the next 15 days.

However, the union representatives said that they have withdrawn the protest across the State after UTC agreed to their demands and they expect the administration to live up to their words. It is pertinent to mention here that about 80 percent roadways workers participated in the two-day state-wide protest as per the union members and the operation of about 70 percent buses was affected in Uttarakhand.

Friday, 15 January 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

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