Post-Strike: NTC Keeps Monopoly
28 Juin 2013 - Défi Media Group
The decision to allow other bus companies to operate on routes served by the National Transport Corporation (NTC) has been reversed. This during a meeting between the National Transport Authority and a panel involving employee unions of the NTC.
Wednesday, before the employees NTC end their strike, the authorities had decided to Route 141 (Port-Louis/Henrietta) exclusively to the NTC. And on Thursday, it only took two hours for the employee unions of the NTC are met.
Thus, the corporation gets the exclusive operation on Highway 52 (Port-Louis/Médine), Route 6 (Curepipe / Rivière- des-Galets), Route 6A (Curepipe / Chamouny), Route 27 (Port-Louis / Rivière du Rempart), Route 122 (Curepipe / Camp Levieux) and route 197 (Port-Louis/ Rivière- des-Galets).
According Wakill Lalloo, one of the spokesmen of employees: "At this meeting, we were adamant. There was no discussion of the number of buses that other companies would put on the lines of the NTC. We ordered a freeze on all discussions regarding the allocation of routes served by the NTC to other companies. "In the process, the union insists that if the leadership of the NTC wants to take any decision, it will have to be done in consultation with employees. Moreover, the panel unions, which also includes the Bus Industry Union of Workers, calls for a monthly meeting with the leadership of the NTC on the management and reorganization of the company.
For its part, Cyril Appajala, Transport Controller NTA talks about positive meeting and said that the authorities had no time to "back pedal". However, it brings another size precision. "At the meeting on Thursday, we also took into consideration the fact that companies United Bus Service and Rose-Hill Transport have expressed concerns over the incidents and some vandalism occurred Wednesday and they do not want to create animosity between transport employees.
Moreover, on Thursday morning, there was no other bus companies on the lines of the NTC, "says Cyril Appajala. He especially emphasized that the main concern is that the traveling public has the most appropriate service possible. He added: "If there is an adequate number of buses and the public is satisfied there is no problem. Thursday, we also found a large number of buses on the roads NTC and willingness of employees to provide better service. "In this regard, he said that the request of the unions of the NTC was considered.
Dr. Sidharth Sharma, director of Rose-Hill Transport: "The safety of my employees first"
Dr. Sidharth Sharma, director of Rose-Hill Transport, said the company has no problem to provide support if the NTA seeks his help. "There was some tension and we are not there to make matters worse. In addition, if the safety of my employees is threatened, the company Rose-Hill Transport will not take the risk of putting buses on the roads of the NTC. We need to get things done in a friendly, "says Dr. Sidharth Sharma. At the United Bus Company Service is simply asserts that the decision was taken by the NTA and that the company will comply.
Sam Gerard continues his hunger strike
Thursday morning, Sam Gerard, who had begun a hunger strike, left Candos hospital where he was admitted. The employee of the NTC is regarded by his colleagues as the "hero of the NTC", who spent nights in the cold on a mattress outside the offices of the NTC in Bonne Terre. At its discharge from the hospital, the fight was not over yet for this driver. He accompanied his friends to the union meeting at the NTA.
He believes it is "win out" in his battle because buses will again operate on their respective routes. It now expects to see the decisions that members of the Department will regarding employee wages and working conditions. About his health, he is recovering gradually and it claims to have muscle pain as well as stomach complications. However, he was satisfied with his struggle for employees of the NTC. He hopes thereby to see progress in decisions taken by the authorities.
Alan Ganoo: "Turnabout indecent and rude"
For the Leader of the Opposition, Alan Ganoo, the decision to freeze the allocation of certain routes served by the NTC to other companies is "a turnaround indecent and rude." On the other hand, he believes that it is better for the employees of the NTC and the traveling public. He added: "The Minister Bachoo covered himself ridiculous, especially when we know how vigorously he defended at the PNQ last Tuesday, the decision to allocate seven lines of the NTC to other companies . "
According to him, the development occurred Thursday sided with the opposition to the effect that "Anil Bachoo no longer has a place at the head of the Ministry of Transport." He believes that if employees of the NTC had been consulted before the decision to allocate routes served by the corporation with other companies, the situation would not have deteriorated.
For its part, Ashwin Dookun, president of the NTC, welcomes the positive outcome. But on the other hand, however, he argues that if the NTC had any problems, the management of the corporation should have informed the Board of Directors instead of taking initiatives and then to the Council with a fait accompli as it did.
After the strike on Wednesday - Business as usual for the NTC
And it's back to normal. What caused the turmoil after the strike by employees of the National Transport Corporation (NTC) Wednesday, all activities have resumed their usual course on Thursday. Everyone goes about her daily routine. A small tower is required on line 141 (Henrietta / Port-Louis) and deposits of the NTC for a taste.
It is 6:47 when we pass by the filing of the NTC in Souillac.
Employees engaged in their work, while the police are stationed outside the enclosure to ensure that everything goes smoothly. No incidents were reported. Everyone is satisfied with the impact of this strike that paralyzed activities certainly, but also had a calming effect on drivers and receivers who feared losing their jobs.
The side of the headquarters of the National Transport Corporation Bonne Terre, Vacoas, or the deposit of La Tour Koenig, we are told that employees now heartened are ready to redouble their efforts to ensure better service Mauritians. "We started this strike not in a negative frame of mind, but just to get guarantees. Now we are ready to work hard to give a new breath to the NTC," says one recipient.
The detour Louise on line 121. Shanil Dindoyal a schoolboy 16 years, waiting for the bus. After the strike on Wednesday, he welcomes the return to normal. "Wednesday, my dad had to drop me private lessons. Phew, do not miss the bus today," he said.
Anne-Lise abounds in the same direction. This Vacoassienne works in Black River, she laments the fact she could get to work because of the strike unexpectedly. "On Wednesday morning I learned that employees of the NTC were on strike. I lost a day of work, many people were hurt," she says.
If users welcome the reappearance of blue buses on our roads, others feel that the service is still unsatisfactory. "For several minutes I expect to stop: no bus in sight. It's annoying! "Frederic ton.
To finish our walk, we stopped at the station of Vacoas. All is calm. Some drivers and receivers of the NTC are deep in conversation. Samonjon Kallapermal, who runs a shop in the station of Vacoas, explains that the sluggishness of business on Wednesday, the station back to life.