The UBIW Demand for a Separate Ministry for the Transport Sector
7 May 2013 - Défi Media Group
The chief negotiator of the Bus Industry Union of Workers (UBIW) Wakill Lalloo, wants a separate deal with the inland transport ministry. "One minister can not deal with three major sectors, infrastructure, marine and inland transportation," he said.
For Wakill Lalloo, Minister Anil Bachoo would be so taken by the construction of roads and other infrastructure projects that would not have time to take care of the transport industry. This explains, he said, many of the problems that threaten the industry.
Speaking of the National Transport Corporation, one of the bus was involved in a serious car accident last Friday, he mentioned several problems hitting the parastatal. First, he said, for the last twenty, the NTC would recruit any mechanic. In his opinion when experienced worker retires without being replaced by a new first, he did not have the opportunity to share his experience with the new recruits. He advances have raised the issue several times with the management of the company.
Wakill Lalloo also points to some bus companies, where supervisors would force drivers to hit the road with defective bus. The union leader deplored what he called a lack of dialogue between senior executives of small companies and employees (drivers, conductors and mechanics).
"Every time they go to complain, asked them to go to their supervisor. This explains that many problems are not resolved because it is these same superiors who make decisions, "he says. Speaking of buses, Wakill Lalloo recommended that buses be equipped with "speed breakers". He thinks it could prevent accidents. Wakill Lalloo also calls for the National Transport Authority to be more severe during mandatory inspections of public utility vehicles.
According to him, some buses with 18 years of age get their certificate that allows them to hit the road. He cites the case of a well-known company, whose bus had its "fitness" but a few minutes later, was a breach of the police to excessive smoke.
The union negotiator also rises against the standees on buses. He thinks it is a danger to the passengers especially if the bus brakes suddenly. It condemns the decision by the National Transport Authority to increase the number of standees on buses. It condemns the fact that the authorities had no consultation with the unions.
The union leader is the location of emergency exits in some buses is a big danger to passengers. In some buses, he said, the emergency door is to the right. In case of accident, he said, passengers jumping from the bus could get run over by another vehicle.
It also points to the distance between the emergency door and asphalt. "How can a disabled person, a pregnant woman or an elderly person could jump a height of six feet to get off the bus? "He said that in the past, the height was only about two feet.