Delegated to Private Operators NTC Lines: NTA Backtracked
28 June 2013 - lexpress.mu
The 24-hour strike of workers of the National Transport Company (NTC) has accelerated contentious issues. A new decision came this Thursday, June 27: The NTC takes exclusive control paths 122, 6, 197, 52 and 27.
The decision was taken at a meeting between the unions and the National Transport Authority(NTA) on Thursday. After line 141 (Henrietta - Port Louis), buses of the NTC can operate without competition on routes 122 (Camp le Vieux - Curepipe), 6 (Rivière-des-Rollers - Curepipe), 197 (River United Rollers - Port Louis), 52 (Medina - Port Louis) and 27 (Riviere du Rempart - Port Louis).
" Other operators have since abandoned the roads this morning as not to embarrass the workers of the NTC, which in turn will ensure that these routes will be served to the satisfaction of travelers. We froze the decision that allowed other operators to serve its lines. If ever the NTC can not fully ensure its lines, it will notify the NTA , "said Cyril Appajala, Traffic Controller at the NTA.
With the resumption of roads exclusively by the operator of Vacoas is one of the major demands of the workers of the NTC is satisfied. "Now it is the biggest piece, the question of wages. We must correct two anomalies that are unique to the NTC. First, the staff is paid according to the PRB while workers are in the NRB. Then there is never any negotiations. This is our big fight now, "said the union Reaz Chuttoo.